Samir Nasri has revealed his reasoning for leaving Manchester City in the summer and joining Sevilla on a season-long loan, report the Mirror.
Nasri made 171 appearances in City blue since joining from competitive rivals Arsenal in the summer of 2011. During that period, he found the back of the net on 26 occasions. He also lifted two Premier League titles, the League Cup and the Community Shield. When you compare that to what Arsenal won in the same period, the move has to go down as a success.
Upon Pep Guardiola’s arrival at the club, however, Nasri decided to depart. The former France international revealed to the Mirror that he left against the Spaniard’s wishes: “Guardiola wanted me to stay, but when your head needs a change, after five years in Manchester – where I had lots of injuries last season – I wanted to start something new and fresh.”
Nasri also revealed that he consulted several of his City team-mates before deciding to move to La Liga: “I also asked Jesus Navas, David Silva and Nolito how the club and the city was.”
His early-season form at Sevilla has been positive. He has scored three goals in ten appearances so far this campaign, and is getting the first-team football that he was looking for when he left the Etihad.