West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini insists signing Samir Nasri was not a risky one ahead of the player’s reunion with Arsenal.
Nasri is expected to be in the Hammers squad this weekend as they host Arsenal at the London Stadium as the Premier League returns to action this weekend and will be reunited with his former employers.
The former France international left Arsenal in unceremonious circumstances back in 2011 and would go on to win two league titles with Manchester City, one of them with Manuel Pellegrini as his manager.
Nasri had been training with West Ham for a month before he joining the London club a six-month contract at the end of last year and made his debut against Birmingham City in the FA Cup last weekend after featuring for an hour.
“Everytime you choose a player you have a risk without any doubt. Sometimes when you invest more money your risk increases,” Pellegrini said, according to Football.London.
“When I bring players here I say my responsibility doubles than when players were already here with the squad.”
“You must take decisions. This was a risky decision but not a high risk one – because he signed for six months, he didn’t want an amount of money to try to win money win in these six months. He wanted to demonstrate he was back in football. There’s a lot of players you can buy and the risk is high.”
“He made no problem with the contract. He was not fighting for more or less money. He had an agreement and he wants to demonstrate between now and June that he is able to be a top player in football.”