Manchester City’s Samir Nasri has revealed he turned down a move to the red half of Manchester during his time at Arsenal because Sir Alex Ferguson wanted him to go to war on boss Arsene Wenger, the Daily
Nasri joined City in the summer of 2011 after three years with the Gunners in a deal worth £25m.
However before he signed the dotted line at the Etihad Stadium the French playmaker has revealed that the came close to a move to bitter rivals Manchester United first.
Having met with then manager Sir Alex Ferguson in a secret location somewhere in Paris, the Scot had asked the player to ‘go to war’ with Arsene Wenger to help push through his transfer to such a big rival.
The France ace then became aware of interest from City and having thought about what Ferguson had asked of him, opted to sign for the sky blues in a bid to end his baron three years at Arsenal without a trophy.
He said: “We met with Sir Alex in Paris, in a hidden place, out of sight, so as not to fuel the rumours.
“But there was one thing that was a problem; I was asked to go to war with Arsenal to be able to join. I could not see myself doing it, especially with Arsene Wenger.
“After Man City showed their interest. Mancini called me every day during the holidays. I then decided that they really wanted me.”
Even with doubts over a move to the Etihad – with the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Carlos Tevez all joining – Nasri’s choice proved to be the right one, having won the league title in his first season at the club.
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