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West Ham release Samir Nasri after six months

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West Ham United have announced that Samir Nasri will not be given a contract extension and will leave in the summer.

French midfielder Nasri joined West Ham in January on an initial six-month deal after serving an 18-month ban for breaching the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules in 2016.

The 31-year-old hoped a return to England would resurrect his playing career. Part of his reasons for choosing West Ham was the opportunity to work under his old Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

The Chilean coach wasted no time in throwing Nasri back into competitive action with three consecutive starts.

The playmaker awarded Pellegrini’s confidence by assisting Declan Rice for West Ham’s match-winner against his old club Arsenal in only his second appearance.

Since January 19, however, Nasri has only played three times for West Ham due to injury and fitness problems which left his future in London under big doubt.

And now the Hammers have confirmed Nasri has been released along with the injury-plagued Andy Carroll and goalkeeper Adrian.

“Andy and Adrian have both been great servants to West Ham United throughout their time at the club and we thank them for their loyalty and commitment to the Claret and Blue cause,” read a club statement from joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold.

“Both have provided us and our fellow supporters with some unforgettable moments, whether they were sensational scissor kicks and unstoppable headers in Andy’s case, or penalty saves in Adrian’s.

“They can both be assured of warm welcomes whenever they return to London Stadium and we wish them, as well as Samir Nasri and the young players whose contracts are up this summer, the very best for their future careers.”

A total of 13 players will vacate West Ham this summer.

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)