Samir Nasri
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Samir Nasri of Manchester City smiles during a Manchester City press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match against Barcelona at Etihad Campus on February 23, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

West Ham United midfielder Samir Nasri has revealed his delight to be back playing football after a year of absence due to a drug ban.

The former Manchester City star joined the Hammers on a six month deal with an option to extend this month, after spending the last few weeks training with the club.

Nasri’s speed of thought and quick feet earned him warm applause from the West Ham supporters when he was taken off in the 60th minute of their 2-0 FA Cup home win against Birmingham City on Monday.

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“I felt good, honestly I thought I would struggle a little more with the rhythm as my last game was 13 months ago,” Nasri told West Ham’s official website after the match.

“I’m just relieved that everything is now behind me and happy about those first 58 minutes. It was good and I’m just looking forward to the next game.”