Arsenal wanted to sell me to Manchester City, claims Nasri

Samir Nasri has claimed that Arsenal were willing to sell him to Manchester City because they wanted the money from their Premier League rivals, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Nasri alleged that he had been told if Cesc Fabregas left for Barcelona, then he would stay at the club but when Fabregas did return to Spain, Arsenal decided to cash in on Nasri as well. Arsenal denied at the time that there was any pressure on manager Arsene Wenger to sell Nasri, despite the French midfielder having only a year remaining on his contract with the Gunners.

Cesc or me were supposed to leave. Arsene told me that if Cesc would leave, I would stay. But [Stan] Kroenke wanted the money,” Nasri said.

He added: “Wenger is the greatest coach I have worked with…he made me the player I am. I’m very grateful. I only regret not having more discussions with Arsene Wenger when I left [for Manchester City].

I do not have regrets. I do not regret joining Manchester City. I want to play and perform. My departure from Arsenal is purely for sporting reasons. When you compare Arsenal and City, it’s not the same. With City I’m playing in a better team. I didn’t leave (Arsenal) for money.

Nasri, who also rejected claims from Roberto Mancini that he had not been pulling his weight in training, and denied that he was angling for a return to France with Paris Saint-Germain or Monaco, moved to City in the summer of 2011. He won the Premier League title in his first season at the Etihad Stadium.

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