Samir Nasri has returned to English football for the first time since playing for Manchester City, reuniting with Manuel Pellegrini and Pablo Zabaleta at West Ham.
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 31, 2018
Nasri’s 12-month doping ban has come to an end, allowing him to join the Hammers, with whom he has been training for some time and has earned a contract with.
The former French international won two Premier League titles with City, the first in the Roberto Mancini era on that famous day in 2012 against QPR, and the second under his new boss Pellegrini in the 2013/14 season.
When Pep Guardiola arrived, Nasri’s time as a City player was practically over and he spent the 2016/17 season on loan at Sevilla before making a short-lived move to Turkish side Antalyaspor in the summer of 2017.
Pellegrini made reference to having worked with Samir before when welcoming the 31-year-old.
“I am very pleased to welcome Samir to West Ham United,” the Chilean said. “He is a player I obviously know well from our time together at Manchester City and I am happy to be working with him again.”
Nasri himself sounded delightful about returning to English football.
“Coming back to the most competitive league in the world, with a team full of ambition with a manager that I know. It’s the best job in the world, and I’m really excited about it.”