Nasri aims for title
Samir Nasri has set his sights on bringing the Premier League title to Manchester City this season.
Last Updated: 25/08/11 9:26am
Manchester City's latest big money signing Samir Nasri has set his sights on bringing the Premier League title to the Etihad Stadium this season.
The 24-year-old finally completed a protracted £23million switch from Arsenal on Wednesday after a summer-long pursuit of the player by City boss Roberto Mancini.
Nasri, who has signed a four-year deal with the club, becomes City's fifth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Sergio Aguero, Gael Clichy, Costel Pantilimon and Stefan Savic .
The former Marseille star failed to win a major trophy during his three years at the Emirates and he admits the desire for silverware played a major part in his decision to join ambitious City.
"I'm here to play football and to enjoy it and win titles," Nasri told the club's official website.
"It's a big relief because it was a long negotiation between the clubs. I was a little bit frustrated because I told the manager I wanted to leave and do the pre-season with Manchester City so I could get to know my team-mates.
"But now I'm finally a City player and that's what I wanted from the start so I'm very happy.
"I spoke to Patrick Vieira about the move as it was important to get advice from players who played for the club know the club very well.
"Vieira said City is the place to be. It is the club of the future, they want to win everything. They have a big, big, big project."
Nasri also took the time to thank his former manager and team-mates at Arsenal, saying via Twitter: "I want to thank Arsenal FC for everything this club has done for me I will always be grateful and I wish all the best to the club.
"And thank you Mr Wenger and all the staff you were amazing with me and have become the player I am today because of you."
City manager Mancini was equally delighted with his latest big money capture and revealed he had been tracking the midfielder since his Marseille days.
"He is a fantastic player, he has a great technique, a great mentality," added Mancini.
"I know him from when he played for Marseille and I wanted to sign him for Inter five years ago.
"In the last four years in the Premier League he has improved a lot and now I think he is a top player."