Nasri: Trophies motivate me, not money
Unsettled Arsenal star Samir Nasri insists speculation over his future is fuelled by a desire to win trophies – and not by big wages.
Reports continue to suggest that the France international is edging towards the exit door at Emirates Stadium.
Manchester City and Manchester United are said to be leading the chase for the talented midfielder, who has spent the last three seasons in north London.
During that time, Nasri has failed to get his hands on a winners’ medal, with Arsenal having gone six years since they last lifted a trophy.
The 24-year-old claims it is that lack of success which is forcing him to consider his options.
He is adamant that money will play no part in any decision he takes this summer, with his sole aim being to turn out for a club that are capable of competing for top honours.
Nasri told the News of the World: "Money has never been my motivation. I have always taken decisions from a football point of view.
"I don’t want to sign for a club where I wouldn’t be playing the football that I like, where I wouldn’t feel happy, just for the sake of money.
"We already earn huge wages. The priority is to make a big career and to win titles.
"This is more important than everything else. I know the value and the meaning of money.
"You have to be able to evolve with a new way of living, keeping respect to my values. Family, friends, a good agent, it all helps you not to get carried away.
"With no titles under your belt, you can’t be in the list for the Ballon D’Or. I came to England to get trophies because I haven’t won anything in my career, apart from an Under-17 European Championship in 2004.
"We all need to get out of our comfort zone, to grow up and test ourselves.
"Even without winning trophies, I think I have grown up.
"I am hungry for titles. I play football because I love this sport and want to feel the emotion of winning. Lifting a trophy all together, this is the beauty and sense of team sports."