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Nasri lured to City by Vieira

August 25, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Manchester City newcomer Samir Nasri has revealed former Arsenal talisman Patrick Vieira helped lure the livewire midfielder to Eastlands.

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GettyImagesSamir Nasri has signed a four-year deal at Manchester City

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Nasri completed his protracted move to City on Wednesday after speaking on a regular basis with Vieira - now City's football development executive - and took the opportunity in his first interview after making the switch to take a swipe at the Gunners' faithful.

"I'm here to play football and to enjoy it and win titles," Nasri told City's official website.

"I spoke to Patrick Vieira about the move as it was important to get advice from players who played for the club know the club very well. Vieira said City is the place to be. It is the club of the future, they want to win everything. They have a big, big, big project.

"I can see [Manchester City fans] are really passionate and it reminds me a little bit of Marseille.

"Arsenal have good fans but not that passionate since they moved from Highbury to the Emirates. I remember when we played against City, when we lost 3-0, the crowd was amazing.

"That is what I want. When you play football it is for a good atmosphere."

But after taking swipe at his former club's fans Nasri later urged them to "trust" under-fire manager Arsene Wenger.

"I am the player I am today because of Arsene Wenger and Arsenal and I will never criticise them," Nasri said. "He came to find me at Marseille and made me the player I am.

"The only thing I have to say to the fans is to trust Arsene Wenger. He knows what he is doing. He has been a great manager for the club for 15 years, they have to trust him. He is a wonderful human being and deserves a lot of respect."

City have spent most of the summer in pursuit of Nasri, with Roberto Mancini unhappy with the length of time it took to complete the deal, and the player himself is pleased his future is now settled.

"It is a big relief, it was a long negotiation and discussion between the two clubs. Finally I am a City player and that is what I wanted since the start, so I am really happy.

"I was a little bit frustrated, I said to the manager I wanted to leave. I wanted to do the pre-season with Manchester so I could know a little bit more about my team-mates.

"It was frustrating but it is a new start and I am looking forward to doing it," Nasri said.

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