Man City completes signing of Nasri from Arsenal

Manchester City has completed the signing of Samir Nasri from

Arsenal, adding the France midfielder to an expensively assembled

squad already filled with attacking talent.

The 24-year-old Nasri signed a four-year contract on Wednesday

after City paid a reported 24 million pounds ($40 million).

”He’s a fantastic player because he has technique, he has

mentality,” City manager Roberto Mancini said on City’s website.

”I knew him when he played for Marseille, I followed him when I

was at Inter Milan and we wanted to take him five years ago.

”But I think in the last three years in the Premier League he’s

improved a lot. Now I think he’s a top player.”

Arsenal was compelled to sell after three years because Nasri

refused to sign a new contract and could have left on a free

transfer next year when his most recent deal expired.

”It’s a big relief because there were long, long negotiations

between the two clubs,” Nasri said. ”Now I’m finally a City

player and I’m really happy … it’s a new start.”

Nasri also gave a parting shot to Arsenal supporters, saying he

expects a more passionate atmosphere at Eastlands that at the

Emirates Stadium.

”Arsenal have good fans but they are not that passionate since

they moved from Highbury to the Emirates (in 2006),” he said.

Nasri will be providing even more creativity for a City team

already including the attacking talents of Spain midfielder David

Silva, England winger Adam Johnson and Argentina forward Sergio

Aguero thanks to Sheik Mansour’s investment of more than $1 billion

in three years as owner.

”Nasri (is) a player maybe like David Silva but the difference

from David is he can play also in the middle,” Mancini said.

”Samir can play like a midfielder but he can play also near the

striker because he has technique, he can score, he can

assist.”