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Official: Samir Nasri leaves Manchester City for Sevilla on season-long loan

Sevilla have completed the signing of Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri on a season-long loan deal.

Nasri arrived in Seville yesterday and today passed a medical before signing his contract. The 29-year-old was not a major part of Pep Guardiola’s plans, despite an impressive cameo against West Ham at weekend in what would turn out to be his last City appearance before this move.

The Frenchman officially remains a City player and a strong season at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium could possibly see him back in City’s plans next summer, particularly in light of information from Spanish football expert Guillem Balague that Sevilla have no option to buy.

Sevilla, who are covering around 65 per cent of Nasri’s wages, will offer him the chance to continue at a high level, with the team now coached by Chilean tactician Jorge Sampaoli. The Andalusian club are also in this year’s Champions League, and will face Juventus, Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb in the group stage.

Nasri’s career as City has been the source of frustration for many. Capable of sublime brilliance on his day, he has often been inconsistent with the feeling being that he never reached his full potential following his £25 million move from Arsenal in July 2011.

Even so, Samir has played a part in a successful period in City history, scoring important goals and winning the Premier League twice while wearing the sky blue. In total, he has made 171 appearances, scoring 26 goals for the Blues.

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