£25m man: ‘I wanted to stay at Arsenal'

Manchester City star Samir Nasri has revealed that he wanted to stay at Arsenal during contract negotiations back in 2010.

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has been talking about his final months at Arsenal and why he ultimately made the switch to the Etihad Stadium in the summer of 2011.

In an extensive interview with the Daily Telegraph, the French international revealed that he told Arsene Wenger he wanted to remain at the Gunners and revealed why he ultimately opted for City over Manchester United.

“We were in October (2010),” Nasri said, “and the manager asked me whether I wanted to stay at Arsenal. ‘Yes, I want to stay at Arsenal’, I said. Then they offered me a contract. It was far from what I wanted.”

Nasri said he knew that while he would earn less money at Arsenal, he was young and would be rewarded financially over time. But the offer he sought never came.

“The manager wanted to be focused on what happened on the pitch. It’s normal,” Nasri added.

“We wait, we wait, we wait. We arrived in June. I have only one year left on my contract.”

From that snippet of an extensive interview, it appears Nasri had every intention of staying at Arsenal…if the right offer was on the table.

But in the end he opted for City, revealing that it was the chance to make history in the blue half of Manchester that prevented him from opting for their fierce neighbours.

“In my first year, I won the league. I don’t have any regrets,” he said.

Would Arsenal have enjoyed better times if Nasri had remained? It is impossible to know for sure, but it appears both clubs could be left disappointed in their pursuit of major silverware this season.

Then again, what would Gunners fans give for City’s League Cup?

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