After joining the Belgian giants, Samir Nasri says that he wanted to stay in Europe in order to ensure some stability for his family.
Now that he has signed for Anderlecht, Samir Nasri would be looking to become a senior figure at one of the biggest football teams in Belgium. Nasri has joined former Manchester City teammate Vincent Kompany at the club and is keen on doing well for the team.
While he did receive a lot of lucrative offers from clubs outside Europe, Samir Nasri says that he decided to sign for Anderlecht because he wanted to stay in Europe.
Moreover, Nasri didn’t even need a lot of convincing from Kompany to make his decision.
“With Vincent, it did not last long. He called me and I wanted to stay in Europe to join an interesting and different project. From a family point of view, with a young son, it was also better for me to stay in Europe than to go for a more lucrative contract abroad.
Becoming a dad doesn’t change you a lot. I got the right maturity recently. Money is not my motivation, it’s more of the sporting side of things and working with a friend of mine and being really involved in this project. That was the most important thing for me.”
Far from the spotlight under which he struggled throughout his career, Samir Nasriis keen to play a major role for his new side.
“I just got back from a season with injuries. Playing once a week is good for my body, it will allow me to recover. My goal, like that of the club, is to become a champion, play a big role and qualify for the Champions League. I have followed the Belgian league a bit in the past and the most important thing for me is to be ready for the playoffs.”
Nasri also says that he made mistakes but says that he does have a strong character.
“I made mistakes, I have a strong character too and when I’m in a conflict, I don’t pretend that everything is alright. Maybe that’s why you’ve seen bad things about me on the internet,” Nasri said as reported by Foot Mercato.