Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Nasri: City fans more passionate

Samir Nasri

Samir Nasri is looking forward to playing for Manchester City's "passionate" fans.

The 24-year-old France international claims to have already been struck by an enthusiasm from supporters he did not experience at Arsenal. Nasri completed his protracted move from the Gunners to City by signing a four-year contract at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

"I can see they are really passionate and it reminds me a little bit of Marseille," Nasri told City TV after posing for photographs at Eastlands. "Arsenal have good fans but not that passionate since they moved from Highbury to the Emirates (Stadium)."

He added: "I remember when we played against City, when we lost 3-0, the crowd was amazing.

"That is what I want. When you play football it is for a good atmosphere."

Nasri was entering the final year of his Arsenal contract and the Gunners reluctantly decided to cash in after the former Marseille player made clear his desire to leave.

City appear to have spent most of the summer pursuing the deal and the player himself is pleased his future is now settled.

He added: "It is a big relief, it was a long negotiation and discussion between the two clubs.

"Finally I am a City player and that is what I wanted since the start, so I am really happy. I was a little bit frustrated, I said to the manager I wanted to leave.

"I wanted to do the pre-season with Manchester so I could know a little bit more about my team-mates. It was frustrating but it is a new start and I am looking forward to doing it."