“I did not see myself leaving England. The question arose of whether to go to United or City,” said Nasri. “But I prefer to make history with a club, rather than be just one player among the rest. I spoke with Patrick Vieira at City — they are the club of the future. My transfer has been a real saga. It’s a huge relief to have finally signed and I am very happy.”
Usually, City tell their new signings to claim that all Mancunians are blue, so I appreciate the variety they are offering with their United obsession. However, we should probably look at the facts here. It is true that Nasri was offered to both United and City, but only one club put a bid in and only one club would match his £185k a week wage demands. That is the club that bought him.
There is no denying that Nasri is a talented player but he certainly isn’t worthy of being United’s top earner. I’m sure City fans will lap it up regardless. Can you imagine a new £185k a week signing saying “well, actually, I’d rather play for your hated rivals, but they didn’t put a bid in, so you’ll do!”
Still, we should know by now to take anything he says with a pinch of salt, given how quickly he changed his mind from despising how City attempted to achieve success to wanting to be a part of it.
“It is unfair,” he said last April. “I think we have more merit as a club than those who have built their teams with millions of pounds whereas Arsenal have brought in young footballers, who have come here to play a certain kind of football and who have developed.”