Around a decade ago, Samir Nasri was tipped by some to become the next Zinedine Zidane.
This was an obvious comparison because Nasri, like the legendary Zidane, was an attacking midfielder of Algerian ancestry who hailed from Marseille.
He was blessed with many of the same qualities that the former Juventus and Real Madrid superstar possessed – including the ability to dribble at speed, wonderful technique and an impressive array of passing – but comparing him to one of the greatest footballers of all time piled considerable and unnecessary pressure on his young shoulders.
Nasri has enjoyed a decent career since leaving Marseille for Arsenal in 2008, winning several major honours, including two Premier League winners’ medals with Manchester City.
However, it’s hard not to feel that Nasri could have been an even more successful player if he’d had a better attitude. The ‘new Zidane’ comparisons were, ultimately, wide of the mark.
The former France international attempted to resurrect his career on loan at Sevilla last season and, at times, impressed – but he failed to earn a permanent move to the Spanish club.
Antalyaspor already want Nasri to leave
He subsequently agreed a surprise move to Turkish outfit Antalyaspor last summer, completing a £3.2 million transfer after six years as a City player.
However, following a disappointing start to life in Turkey, Antalyaspor already want to get rid of Nasri.
“A clear decision has been made for a parting of the ways with Nasri,” board member Cumhur Arici told the Dogan news agency in Turkey, per Sky Sports, last week. “His manager will come and negotiations will be made on the subject of money owed and we will part company.”
Nasri could now sign for surprise English club
Now, per the Daily Mail, it’s been revealed that Antalyaspor have offered Nasri to West Ham.
What an unexpected move that would be.
French website RMC, meanwhile, understand that Nasri would like to return to the Premier League and would be open to joining David Moyes’ side this month.
West Ham fans react to the news
Nasri working under Moyes. A potential recipe for disaster? It just doesn’t sound right, does it?
Let’s see what the West Ham fans are saying about Nasri’s potential arrival…
So, yeah, a pretty mixed reaction.
The Hammers have risen to 11th in the Premier League table since Moyes replaced Slaven Bilic and are unbeaten since December 23.
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