Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri reiterates MLS ambition

Samir Nasri

The former Arsenal man has again admitted that he is thinking about moving to the US in the future.

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasi has reiterated his ambition to play in MLS once his career in England is over.

After revealing his interest in a move to the USA in the summer, the former Arsenal star was again talking up his chances of heading across the Atlantic during an interview with Canal+ Sport’s J+1 last night, declaring: "I like the English league a lot and my life in England. Afterwards, I'm thinking more about playing in MLS – to discover something different – rather than going back to France."

Nasri, 28, joined City for around £25 million in August 2011 following a three-year stint at Arsenal and has since scored 28 times in 169 total appearances for the club, while winning two Premier League titles and the League Cup in 2014.

The French playmaker signed a new five-year deal at the Etihad in July 2014 but a testing 2014-15 season, in which injuries restricted him to just three goals in 29 games, led to rumours of a potential summer departure.

A move failed to materialise in the end but the ex-Marseille man has so far struggled to break back into Manuel Pellegrini’s first-choice line-up over the first two months of this term, having started just two of the Blues' opening 11 fixtures.

It still seems unlikely that he will be making an MLS switch any time soon, although, with big names like Sebastian Giovinco and Giovani dos Santos heading over to the US in their prime of late, it would be foolish to underestimate the league's growing appeal.

Regardless, Nasi does not have to fret about how a potential stateside future might affect his international ambitions, having stressed that his France career is over for good.

Left off Didier Deschamps’ 2014 World Cup squad, the 41-times capped midfielder now has no desire to return to the setup – even if a new manager was put in place.

"The real split was in 2012," he added. "I wanted to stop then but my father said I should play at the World Cup. Even if my father was the manager, I wouldn't go back. I suffered a lot with the national team. At the start, it was a dream.

"But to miss a World Cup, when I thought I was good enough, that wrecks things a little. I'm not perfect -- I have flaws. But when you're a top manager, you can manage egos."

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