Samir Nasri joins Turkish side Antalyaspor

Samir Nasri has joined Turkish side Antalyaspor on a permanent deal
Samir Nasri has joined Turkish side Antalyaspor on a permanent deal

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has joined Turkish side Antalyaspor on a two-year contract.

The France player, 30, signed from Arsenal for £25m in 2011 and made 129 Premier League appearances for City.

He won two league titles and a League Cup during his time at the Etihad, but spent last season on loan at Spanish club Sevilla.

Nasri was pictured boarding a flight to Turkey on Sunday, before he completed a medical.

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He did go with City on their pre-season tour of the United States but had no future at the club under manager Pep Guardiola.

Antalyaspor are captained by former Barcelona forward Samuel Eto’o.

“Everybody at the club wishes Samir good luck in the next chapter of his career and would like to thank him for some fantastic memories,” City said in a statement.

Nasri began his football career playing for local youth clubs in his hometown of Marseille.

At the age of nine, he joined professional club Olympique de Marseille and spent the next seven years developing in the club’s youth academy at La Commanderie, the club’s training center.

In the 2004–05 season, Nasri made his professional debut in September 2004 at the age of 17 against Sochaux.

In the following season, he became a regular starter in the team and also participated in European competition for the first time after playing in the 2005–06 edition of the UEFA Cup.

In the 2006–07 campaign, Nasri won the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Young Player of the Year award and was also named to the Team of the Year.

He finished his career with Marseille amassing over 160 appearances.

He played in the teams that reached back-to-back Coupe de France finals in 2006 and 2007.

In June 2008, Nasri joined Premier League club Arsenal, agreeing to a four-year contract.

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