Samir Nasri is no longer a Manchester City player after moving to Sevilla on Deadline Day for a season-long loan, but it wasn't easy for the Frenchman to leave.
Nasri revealed in an interview that coach Pep Guardiola wanted him to stay at the club and tried to convince the Frenchman not to move until it was no longer possible. Nasri had his mind made up, and not even his new coach could change his decision:
“Until the last moment he tried to get me stay, told me I was going to play, but I wanted a family club to give me love and a lot of minutes.
“I think that Sevilla can give me that. I did not open the door, quite the opposite. Last year was difficult for me, on and off the pitch, but now I really want to show my game in Seville.
“I feel well physically, I did pre-season and last Sunday I played a few minutes. I come with great enthusiasm after last season when injuries did not let me play as much as I wanted.”
Nasri is apparently happy now in Seville, and he hopes to leaves the injuries behind and revitalize his career. Someone of his talents should be playing at a high level regularly, and maybe Sevilla is the best choice. But it is interesting to know that Guardiola wanted Nasri in his squad, even though Samir was overweight at the start of training camp. Pep loves talent, though, and he wanted Nasri to use his talents at City.
But he's got a new home, and the Sevilla shirt doesn't look that bad on him:
Good luck, Samir.