Former Arsenal player and present Manchester City player, Samir Nasri has revealed that he turned down Manchester United to sign for city rivals Manchester City, under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The French player told BeIN sports that he had the opportunity to make a United more; one which he ignored to move to Manchester City.
According to the French player, he opted for Man City after the then manager of United, Alex Ferguson met him in France but he rejected the offer to be United so as to prevent fall outs with former manager, Arsene Wenger.
The France international left Arsenal in 2011 and according to him, he could have ended up at the Old Trafford:
“We met in Paris with Sir Alex in a private apartment so as not to fuel rumours by meeting in a hotel. I was not convinced by his speech. There was one thing that was a problem.
He said he had never hired an Arsenal player and he’d have to go to war. I told him that it does not interest me to go to war with Arsene Wenger.
Manchester City was the first club to show interest. I had some doubts about the evolution of the club. Then I thought they really wanted me. They were about to sign Aguero and there was already Silva, Balotelli, Tevez.
I had a discussion with my agents. They asked me if I wanted to make history or be a player like any other at United. I said, ‘Go ahead.’
I won the title in my first season, so my choice was the right one.”
After a barren spell at Arsenal, Nasri has experienced plenty of success at City, winning the Premier League twice and the Capital One Cup in 2014.
The French player who was at some point in time branded a ‘mercenary player’ after considered being ‘unfaithful’ to Arsenal and fans of the club.
So far, Samir Nasir has enjoyed wonderful seasons with current club, Manchester City. The star-studded side which includes Samir Nasir are still in Europe’s most prestigious competition – the Champions League and will face Spanish giant, Barcelona in the round of 16 stage.