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Samir Nasri: Move to Manchester City, isn't about money

For most footballers coming to Manchester City, the question has always been a variant on the one Mrs Merton asked the wife of Britain's most famous magician. "What first attracted you to short, bald, millionaire, Paul Daniels?"

It was a parting shot that Arsene Wenger aimed at Samir Nasri, remarking that it was hard to refuse a club that offered to treble your wages.

However, while Nasri rejected his former manager's suggestion that money had been a prime source of motivation, he did not seek to deny that he was deserting a setting for a rising sun.

"Money is not really a factor," he said. "I know what was behind my decision- it was a choice about football and you will see that at the end of the season when we lift a trophy.

"I was not going for three times the money because Arsenal offered me an extension as well. Money doesn't buy happiness."

So what do Manchester City offer that is not available at Arsenal? "Titles I hope," came the reply.

"I am 24 and everyone says I am a good player but I haven't won anything.

"Sometimes you have to bring in big players to win. Arsenal didn't have this mentality before. They always relied on experienced players but since they moved to the Emirates, their transfer policy has been a little bit different.

"They have dealt in young players who have definite quality and in the future I think they can do something.

"But at the moment, they have lost Cesc Fabregas. They need to bring someone in to replace him.

"Manchester City are a bigger club, they showed it last year when they won the FA Cup and finished above Arsenal.

"World-class players are not afraid to come to Manchester City any more - you can see that with Sergio Aguero."

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