Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Nasri Turned Down Chance to Remain at the Etihad

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Nasri Turned Down Chance to Remain at the Etihad

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SAMIR Nasri rejected a late chance to stay at City as he agreed a season-long loan to Sevilla.

Having boldly predicted back in spring that Pep Guardiola would be lucky to have him, the Frenchman quickly found himself out of the first-team picture this summer.

The coach made him train away from the squad after he reported back for training overweight and left him out of his first four matchday squads.

But a reprieve against West Ham saw the attacker come off the bench to help seal a victory and cause Guardiola to offer him an olive branch.

While Sevilla's sporting director admitted Nasri's move was delayed due to City's lastminute appeal, Nasri ultimately opted on a move that will see him playing both La Liga and Champions League football this season. …

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