Talented playmaker with a wealth of top level experience
Born and brought up in Marseille, Samir joined his hometown club at the age of nine and rose through the youth ranks before making his senior debut aged 17.
His relatively tender years were no barrier to Samir and he quickly established himself in the Marseille first team, playing in a central role behind two strikers.
He was named as Ligue 1’s Young Player of the Year for 2006/07, and he made his senior international debut against Austria in March 2007 after playing for France at a succession of youth levels.
His rapid progress made it inevitable that major clubs around Europe would look in Samir’s direction, and he joined Arsenal in the summer of 2008 after representing France at the European Championships.
Adapting to the demands of English football proved to be no problem, and Samir made a fine start to his career at the Emirates Stadium, scoring on his Barclays Premier League debut against West Brom in Arsenal’s opening match of the 2008/09 season.
Equally capable either out wide or in the middle, Samir was named as the French Player of the Year for 2010.
He was an instant hit at City following his move from Arsenal in August 2011, adding balance to a mouth-watering midfield trio that also included Yaya Toure and David Silva. Together they provided an irresistible attacking unit that helped secure the 2011/12 Premier League title.
He made 45 appearance that campaign, scoring six goals – none more crucial than the winner in the in the 2-1 victory over Chelsea in March.
Though the Blues failed to win any silverware in 2012/14, Samir won his second Premier League title in 2013/14 when he was one of the Blues’ best and most productive players.
He scored 11 goals in 46 matches including a spectacular Capital One Cup winner as City beat Sunderland 3-1 at Wembley and the opening goal in the final day title-clincher against West Ham United.
Nasri’s fourth season produced three goals from his 33 appearances but the 2015/16 campaign was ravaged by a thigh injury that kept him side-lined from October until April.
Samir spent the 2016/17 season on loan with Sevilla.