Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has revealed that he turned down the opportunity to join Manchester United when negotiating a move away from Arsenal in 2011, because he believed they have greater potential.
Sky Sports reports how the France international - who celebrates his 26th birthday today - has also vowed to stay and fight for his place in the City first-team, having been linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium this summer.
The arrival of creative midfield talents like Jesus Navas and Fernandinho under the new stewardship of Manuel Pellegrini had raised doubts over Nasri's long-term future, but he insists he has every intention of being at the club for the start of the 2013/14 campaign.
"Of course I'm up to the challenge and the competition will just make us better," he said in a Twitter Q&A on Manchester City's official website.
"When you are a player, you have ambition and you play for this kind of competition. Of course I am ready to challenge. If not, I will be in my neighbourhood playing with my friends."
Asked if Manchester United had been in the running for his signature, Nasri confirmed that Sir Alex Ferguson had tried to bring him to Old Trafford, but chose instead to further his career at their inner city rivals.
"Yes, they [Manchester United] entered into the equation but I preferred to choose Man City because I think it is the club of the future.
"They have invested a lot in the last three years and now they have got the team that can fight for every competition. I want to be part of the history. That's why I made this choice and I'm happy about it.
"I am convinced that we can win the Premier League. That is why I chose this club. I am really confident about what we can achieve together."
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