Manchester City move not money motivated insists Samir Nasri

Samir Nasri insists his lucrative move to Manchester City was not motivated by a huge increase in salary.

The 24-year-old France midfielder this week signed a four-year contract at City worth a reported £180,000 per week after Arsenal agreed to sell him for around £24 million.

If correct, that figure doubles the improved wages the Gunners were apparently prepared to offer to keep him at the Emirates Stadium.

Nasri, however, claims it is the prospect of winning trophies with City's star-studded side that influenced his decision to leave London.

When asked whether money was an issue, Nasri, speaking as he was officially unveiled as a City player today, said: "No.

"I can let people think what they want. Me, I know my choice and my choice is about football.

"We will see at the end of the season when we will lift a trophy, we will talk about my choice again and we will show everyone who was thinking about money that they were wrong."

Nasri adds to a wealth of expensive attacking talent at the Etihad Stadium that includes Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli.

City are expected to mount a strong challenge for the Barclays Premier League title and Nasri has no doubt they are now the chief rivals to champions Manchester United.

"I think so," Nasri said. "It's the biggest challenge for Man United.

"When you see the investment of the last three seasons you see they bring some muscle and real quality players.

"World-class players are not scared to come to Man City and you can see that with Sergio Aguero.

"I'm confident we can win a trophy because I saw the quality on the pitch.

"I said it was a club of the future and I am still convinced of that."

Nasri also sought today to clarify remarks he made earlier in the week about Arsenal supporters.

After signing, Nasri hailed the "passion" of City supporters and suggested they displayed an enthusiasm he had not seen in his three years with the Gunners.

He said: "I just said I saw real passion when I signed here and I said Arsenal was a little bit different. That is the only thing I said.

"Don't get me wrong, I never said Arsenal fans have a lack of passion."

Nasri could make his City debut against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

City are looking for a third successive win after impressive performances against Swansea and Bolton.

Manager Roberto Mancini said: "It's possible he will be involved.

"He's fit and has worked with Arsenal for a month.

"I think it will be a different game in London because I think Tottenham are one of the best teams in the Premier League. It will be a tough game."

While Mancini has suggested his summer recruitment may be over by saying "I think we have a good squad at this moment", City are not finished in terms of outgoings.

Craig Bellamy, who has been linked with Liverpool, is one of several high-profile players surplus to requirements and looks likely to leave before next Wednesday's transfer deadline.

Emmanuel Adebayor yesterday joined Tottenham on loan while the likes of Wayne Bridge, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Nedum Onuoha and Roque Santa Cruz could also move on.

When asked about Bellamy, Mancini said: "I don't know what's going to happen in the next days.

"Craig is a good player, Bridge is a good player and it's important for them and for me to find a good solution.

"It could be [Liverpool] and it's important players from City can go to a good team.

"We have another week and I hope can find a good solution for them."

City will soon have Kolo Toure available again as the defender's ban for taking a prohibited substance is due to expire in a week's time.

Mancini said: "Kolo is a fantastic guy. He has experience in Champions League and for us he will be one of the important players."

City yesterday learned their opponents for their first Champions League campaign as they were drawn alongside Bayern Munich, Villarreal and Napoli in the group stages.

Nasri said: "It's a tough group, especially when we have to play in Napoli and the atmosphere there.

"Bayern Munich are a big team but we know our quality and we can go through."

News
Legendary blues and rock singer Joe Cocker has died of lung cancer, his management team as confirmed. He was 70
people70-year-old was most famous for 'You are So Beautiful'
News
people
Life and Style
fashionOne man takes the hipster trend to the next level
News
John Rees-Evans is standing for Ukip in Cardiff South and Penarth
news
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
newsIt was due to be auctioned off for charity
Life and Style
A still from a scene cut from The Interview showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's death.
tech
Environment
Sir David Attenborough
environment... as well as a plant and a spider
Voices
'That's the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony!'
voicesThe fight for marriage equality isn't over yet, says Siobhan Fenton
Arts and Entertainment
Bianca Miller and Katie Bulmer-Cooke are scrutinised by Lord Sugar's aide Nick Hewer on The Apprentice final
tvBut Bianca Miller has taken on board his comments over pricing
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'