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Nasri: I joined West Ham because of ‘genius’ Pellegrini

Samir Nasri has hailed Manuel Pellegrini as a ‘genius’ after reuniting with the Chilean manager at West Ham.

The 31-year-old has signed for West Ham on a short-term deal until the end of the season and has spoken of his delight to be playing under Pellegrini.

Nasri played under Pellegrini during their time together at Manchester City, winning the Premier League and League Cup double in 2013/14, and the Frenchman says the chance to be reunited with the manager at West Ham was a key factor in him joining the East London outfit.

“I know the manager really well. We won the Premier League title together and I’m really passionate about my job.’’ Nasri told whufc.com.

“Pellegrini was the biggest factor for me to be joining West Ham. When you’re a player, you want the manager to know your quality and want you because he’s the one that is going to be playing the team, and knows your quality. It was really important and I’m just looking forward to it.”

“I love his philosophy and the way he thinks about football. The guy is a genius. He thinks a lot about everything and he has that mentality about football, and we share the same mentality.

“Everywhere he went, all his teams played really good football. At Villarreal it was the case, and at Malaga as well. At Manchester City, we were the fastest team to 100 goals. He is a really good manager who plays attractive football’ offensive football. I’m really happy to be playing in his team.”

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