West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini reveals Samir Nasri wants revenge after missing the last six months of action due to a drug ban.
The Frenchman who recently signed a six-month deal with the Hammers after training with the club for a month, was banned for 18 months for doping offences, backdated for a year.
Nasri impressed in his Hammers’ debut against Birmingham in the FA Cup, looking like a player that hasn’t lost his touch or finesse despite not having played competitive football for 13 months prior to it.
Pellegrini has backed the former Arsenal playmaker to be the player that lit up the Premier League with the Gunners but in particular with City where the pair won the league title in 2014.
The manager said, according to Football. London:
“I think they [West Ham fans] can expect a lot from him because he is a top player. The way he continues having some minutes, when he is used to playing 90 minutes again he will be a top player at this club.”
“He wants revenge also and for me it is so important to give him the opportunity to work with us so I hope we will recover the same Samir Nasri that we saw three or four years ago with me at Manchester City.”
“[Revenge?] About the ban of twelve months or more, to decline his career. From Arsenal, City bought him. From there his career declined without doubt.”