Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Samir talks exclusively with Citytv

After signing a 4 year deal with City, Samir Nasri spoke exclusively to

Samir says he is relieved "because it was a long long negotiation" and admitted that he got "a little bit frustrated" because he had told Wenger he wanted to leave before pre-season started so he could train with City before the Premier League campaign kicked off.

When asked about his knowledge of the City faithful, Samir replied;

"I can see they are really passionate, and it reminds me a little bit of Marsaille (his hometown club). Arsenal have good fans, but not that passionate since they moved from Highbury to the Emirates. And I remember when we played against City when we lost 3-0 the crowd was amazing."

What Samir knows well is the English weather and he says he's here "to win titles, not for the sun" which is good to know. He sees no real difference between London and Manchester so settling further north should be no problem for him. 

He also tells of how the influence of French legend Patrick Vieira helped him decide that City was for him, saying that it is important to have people around you who know the difference between the clubs and that can relate to him.

You can see the first part of the exclusive interview here on 

Mancini admitted that he has followed Samir for the last 5 years from when he was manager at Inter Milan, and is pleased that he has landed a player he feels possesses real quality.

"I think that he is a fantastic player, he has technique, he has mentality. I know him from when he played in Marseille because I followed him when I was at Inter and we wanted to take him 5 years ago. But in the last 4 years in the Premier League he has improved a lot. And now I think he is a top player."

There are a few concerns about where he might fit in but Mancini feels he will sometimes be able to play both Nasri and Silva with "one left and one right" of an attacking triumvirate in certain matches.

Nasri also gives Bobby other options as he is no stranger to playing in the centre of the pitch either giving the boss even more options to choose from. It is a problem that will no doubt give him a headache at times, but I'm sure every other manager in the league would like the very same problem.

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