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Official: Samir Nasri reunites with Kompany at Anderlecht

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Samir Nasri has decided to link up with his old Manchester City team-mate Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht.

Following an unsuccessful six-month spell at West Ham United, Nasri has decided to make a move to Belgium with Anderlecht for next season.

The French playmaker has signed a 12-month contract, which includes an option to extend it for another year should things work out.

Nasri will now play under former City captain Kompany, who ended an 11-year stay at the Etihad Stadium last month to become Anderlecht’s player-manager.

“I received a number of great offers, but in the end I chose RSC Anderlecht with a great deal of conviction,” Nasri told the club’s website.

“I absolutely want to help Vincent and the club to succeed in their set-up.

“Vincent Kompany was my team-mate at City between 2011 and 2017. I know him through and through and know which project he has in mind with Anderlecht.

“Together with him and the entire team I want to do everything to make this a success.”

Nasri will be keen to prove himself at Anderlecht after a troubling three years, which saw him suspended for 18 months after breaching the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules.

The 32-year-old had hoped a reunion with former City boss Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham would resurrect his playing career. However, fitness and injury issues meant he made just six appearances before the club released him.

But Anderlecht are confident the two-time Premier League winner’s playing days aren’t over yet.

“At Anderlecht, we draw the card of the youth, which we want to give plenty of opportunities to develop,” said chairman Marc Coucke.

“But they can only succeed if you also surround them well on and next to the field.

“Nasri is a real winner who will give these boys experience and who can also effectively lift them to a higher level by continuously training and playing with the youngsters.

“We are proud that a player of his level chooses Anderlecht.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 12: Samir Nasri of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on January 12, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)