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Samir Nasri reveals he turned down Manchester United

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Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri has sensationally revealed that he met with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson towards the end of his spell with Arsenal.

Ferguson wanted Nasri to join the Red Devils in 2011 and met the France international in a hotel to discuss a potential move.

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However, speaking three years after the meeting, Nasri said he decided a reject a shock move to Old Trafford after being told by Ferguson to ‘go to war’ with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in order to force a transfer.

Nasri describes secret meeting

"We met in Paris with Sir Alex in a private apartment so as not to fuel rumours by meeting in a hotel,” Nasri revealed in an interview with BeIN Sports. "I was not convinced by his speech. There was one thing that was a problem.

"He said he had never hired an Arsenal player and he'd have to go to war.

"I told him that it does not interest me to go to war with Arsene Wenger.”

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Nasri convinced to join City

Nasri also admitted that he had doubts about the project at Manchester City, but revealed his representatives convinced him to accept the challenge of making history at the Etihad Stadium.

"Manchester City was the first club to show interest,” Nasri continued. "I had some doubts about the evolution of the club. Then I thought they really wanted me.

"They were about to sign Aguero and there was already Silva, Balotelli, Tevez ...

"I had a discussion with my agents. They asked me if I wanted to make history or be a player like any other at United.

"I said, "Go ahead." I won the title in my first season, so my choice was the right one."

Nasri's record at City

Indeed, Nasri has won two Premier League winners’ medals, plus a League Cup title since leaving Arsenal for Manchester City.

His controversial £25 million move to the Etihad Stadium led to him becoming a deeply unpopular figure in the eyes of the Arsenal fans, who did end up losing one of their top stars to Manchester United a year later.

Twelve months after Nasri’s Emirates Stadium departure, his former Arsenal teammate Robin van Persie rejected the chance to join Manchester City in order to sign for the Red Devils, where he would also win the Premier League title in his first season away from the Gunners.

Nasri tied to City until 2019

Nasri, who also revealed he had previously held discussions with Real Madrid, looks set to spend the peak years of his career at the Etihad Stadium after signing a new five-year deal last summer, keeping him tied to the Citizens until 2019.

“I’m 27 now and if you listen to some of the best managers in the game, they say that a midfield player’s best years are between 27 and 30 so I hope that I will give my best years to City,” Nasri told reporters at the time.

“It took me time to adjust to living in Manchester because when you move here from London, it is a big change, but last year everything was perfect – I enjoyed my football and I love living in Manchester, feel very settled and I think that showed on the pitch.

“That’s why I’ve agreed this new contract – because I feel very much at home. Our supporters have been right behind me and it gives me the confidence to play my best game.”

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