Samir Nasri’s future at Manchester City has been under question since the 2014-2015 season. The Frenchman stayed during the summer and continued at the Etihad in 2016, but he suffered a thigh injury which required one hundred stitches, sidelining him for the majority of the rather disappointing campaign.
Once Pep Guardiola arrived it seemed almost certain that Samir would exit with a squad overhaul reportedly in the Catalan’s summer plans. Reports stated that Pep actually preferred Nasri to stay, but assured him that he would not play a starting role in the side.
The 29-year-old decided he would rather search for new opportunities at a different club, and was then given a loan move to Sevilla in Spain in which he has performed wonderfully, finding the net on three occasions and contributing two assists.
Most supporters at City would take Nasri back without question, but the Frenchman's heart appears set on a permanent stay at Sevilla. The former French international is reportedly willing to slice his salary in half, dropping from €10 million per season in Sky Blue to €5 million at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
Although losing out on such a brilliant servant to the club is heartbreaking, this is something CIty fans must admire. Many footballers are criticized for making their love of money the priority, but Samir’s decision proves his true passion for the game.
Sevilla have a €16 million option to buy on Samir Nasri and will likely go through with the deal in the summer.