Former Gunner, Samir Nasri, has revealed why he turned down the chance to join Italian giants AC Milan this summer and instead signed for Antalyaspor.
Nasri has revealed that he turned down a move for Serie A giants AC Milan in the summer in favour of joining his former France teammate, Jeremy Menez, at Turkish club Antalyaspor.
“I did 13 years at the highest level, I also needed a change, to leave for elsewhere – I have never seen a country with so much passion,” he said.
“We had a discussion, but it was rather brief, with Marseille, with Lyon, with AC Milan, and then there were Besiktas, Galatasaray and Antalya.
“The choice was made quite naturally – the president has a very ambitious project, and the fact that Jeremy is there, it also reassured me.
“He practically played the role of agent and was very insistent.”
It’s been a while since Menez and Nasri have been in the same squad.
Menez hasn’t played for France since 2013 while Nasri quit the national team in August 2014 but they’ve haven’t starred together at club level. Therefore, the chance for a fresh start with someone he knows obviously made Nasri’s move an easy one.
The Frenchman signed for Manchester City from Arsenal in 2011 and spent six inconsistent years at the club. He made a total of 124 Premier League appearances, scoring 18 goals, and was loaned out to Sevilla during his final year.
Since signing for Antalyaspor, Nasri’s made four league appearances, scoring twice and assisting once. However, the Turkish side are currently 15th in their league, hovering just one point above the relegation zone.
Saying that, the midfielder seems to be getting along just fine individually. As long as he’s not anywhere near our club, babbling on about how much he loves Arsene Wenger and what great pals they still are, I don’t really care.