Samir Nasri has expressed his delight at finally completing his move to Manchester City, and has wasted no time in setting his sights on achieving success with his new club.
The 24-year-old French international has been a long-term target for City boss Roberto Mancini, who now boasts an array of attacking talent that will frighten Barclays Premier League defences up and down the country.
"I'm finally a City player and that is what I have wanted from the start, so I am really happy," confirmed Nasri. "I was a little bit frustrated because I told the manager (Arsene Wenger) I wanted to leave.
"I said for the whole pre-season I wanted to do the pre-season with Manchester so I could know my team-mates a little bit more. [But] it's a new start and I'm looking forward to it."
Nasri revealed a major factor behind his decision to switch allegiances was City's football ambassador Patrick Vieira - a former teammate for club and country whose advice he could not ignore.
"Patrick made a difference as he is a legend in France and everyone loves and respects him," he continued.
"When someone who has played for Arsenal, Inter and Juventus tells you that Manchester City is the place to be, that it's the club of the future and wants to win everything, and that they have a big, big, big project, you have to listen.
"I knew Patrick from the national team. When you see his career, you have to respect what he has done in the past."
Of course, Vieira is not the only former Arsenal player to have made the transition from north London to the Blue side of Manchester - with Gael Clichy having already moved to the Etihad Stadium earlier in the summer, and Kolo Toure two years before him.
"I spoke to them a lot," Nasri concluded. "They called me on holiday and it was important to have advice from people who have played for the club and know the club very well.
"They know the difference between Arsenal and Manchester City, and for me they made a big difference."
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