Manchester City's Samir Nasri admits desire to move to MLS

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The 27-year-old Frenchman intends to stay at the Etihad for now but can see himself eventually heading to the States.

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has revealed to Sky Sports that he would like to play in MLS in the future.

Nasri, 27, joined the Citizens from Arsenal in August 2011 for around £25 million and has since scored 25 times in 162 total appearances for the club, while winning two Premier League titles and the League Cup in 2014.

His impressive form during the 2013-14 campaign saw him pen a contract extension until 2019 last summer but the Frenchman would then go on to endure what he himself has described as a “bad season”, as various injuries restricted him to just three goals in 29 games.

With Manuel Pellegrini now looking to shake-up his squad after a season with no silverware, Nasri’s name is among those that have been linked with a summer exit and Italian giants Roma are said to be monitoring his situation ahead of potential approach [h/t Daily Mail].

The former Marseille man has stressed that he intends to remain at the Etihad Stadium for now but also admits that he harbours ambitions of starring on another continent down the road, with a stateside switch being of particular interest to him.

"Going back to France? I don't think so,” he told Sky Sports when pressed on his long-term future. “I'd like to play in MLS because I love the culture in America. Coaching? Why not? I'm going to start to take my badges soon so that when I finish I can look forward straight away.

"But I still have four years left on my contract so what I want now is to be focused on my rehab. I’m going to work a lot in pre-season to come back as fit as possible with a new state of mind - then have a great season and win trophies.

"The happy ending of winning a trophy at the end of the season is the best feeling you can have. It feels great and that’s what I want.”

There is no doubt that Nasri would prove a major addition to MLS were he to make the move across the Atlantic but, while we could eventually see him follow in compatriot Thierry Henry’s footsteps, it does not sound like fans of New York City FC, the New York Red Bulls or any other potential suitors should be holding their breath just now.

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