West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful that Samir Nasri can reproduce the form he showed at Manchester City, after the East London club signed the Frenchman for the remained of the season.
Pellegrini worked with Nasri during his time at City, and the former Arsenal attacker, was a key member of the Chilean’s 2014 Premier League title success.
Hammers boss Pellegrini has revealed that he played a big part in Nasri joining West Ham, and he will be hopeful the former France international can produce more of the kind of impressive form he showed during his sides 1-0 win over Arenal today at the London Stadium.
“I think the fans can expect a lot from Nasri because he is a top player. The way he continues having some minutes, when he is used to playing 90 minutes again he will be a top player at this club.’’ Pellegrini told West Ham’s official website.
“It is so important to give him the opportunity to work with us, so I hope we will recover the same Samir Nasri that we saw three or four years ago with me at Manchester City.”
“When I bring players here I say my responsibility doubles than when players were already here with the squad,”
“You must take decisions. This was not a high risk one – because he signed for six months. He wanted to demonstrate he was back in football. There’s a lot of players you can buy and the risk is high.
“He made no problem with the contract. He was not fighting for more or less money. He had an agreement and he wants to demonstrate between now and June that he is able to be a top player in football.
“I have contact with him, with his agent. I have contact with his agent. I know what happened. I had a long meeting with the player also beforehand we took the decision to make sure everyone is happy when we finish