Premier League - Nasri: I need to win trophies

Sun, 03 Jul 10:39:00 2011

Samir Nasri says his refusal to sign a new contract at Arsenal is motivated by a desire to win trophies, and not just to enrich himself.

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Nasri has reportedly informed Arsenal that he will not sign a new deal, and with his current contract lasting only 12 more months it is thought the France international will be sold this summer.

Manchester City are believed to be closing in on the signing of the midfielder, who says Arsenal's continuing failure to win silverware forced him to consider his future.

Nasri told the News of the World: "Money has never been my motivation. I have always taken decisions from a football point of view. I don't want to sign for a club where I wouldn't be playing the football that I like, where I wouldn't feel happy, just for the sake of money.

"We already earn huge wages. The priority is to make a big career and to win titles. This is more important than everything else. I know the value and the meaning of money.

"You have to be able to evolve with a new way of living, keeping respect to my values. Family, friends, a good agent, it all helps you not to get carried away.

"With no titles under your belt, you can't be in the list for the Ballon D'Or. I came to England to get trophies because I haven't won anything in my career, apart from an U17 European Championship in 2004.

"We all need to get out of our comfort zone, to grow up and test ourselves. Even without winning trophies, I think I have grown up.

"I am hungry for titles. I play football because I love this sport and want to feel the emotion of winning. Lifting a trophy all together, this is the beauty and sense of team sports."


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