Back to Premier League, after almost two years and a half, French 31-year old attacking midfielder/winger Samir Nasri, just signed on a half-season deal (including an option to extend) by West Ham, introduced himself to club, fans, and media: “I know the team and, for me, West Ham is a team with a lot of quality. I think that West Ham has everything to be one of the biggest clubs in London, for sure. This team has the potential to finish in the top eight, so it is really an exciting challenge.
The ambition excites me. Felipe Anderson was the new wonder-kid when he signed for Lazio, and two or three years they were talking about a move to Manchester United. Jack Wilshere, I know him from when he first came in at Arsenal. He was a wonder kid. Yarmolenko: same thing. Chicharito: same thing. This team is full of talent and it’s the right ingredient for this team to get on top.
Premier League is really appealing, because it’s the best league in the world. If you like intensity, and you like every game to go in any way, the Premier League is for you. Nothing is secure in the Premier League. You can be top of the league, and play at home to 17th, and you can lose that game. That’s why the Premier League is so good. You also have the best managers in the world in the Premier League. I played in Spain, and it was different football. It was slower, maybe more technical, but the Premier League is magic.
It’s important to have winners in the dressing room; or some players who have won things, to make sure every player has the same mentality to go forward. Sometimes, if you have a good result and you’re not used to it, you can become complacent. We have a young team, so maybe some of them, like Declan Rice, for example, might one day might be like: ‘I’ve seen you, and I’ve played as you on FIFA’. If I were to give him advice, he might take it better than if it was someone else. It’s important to have those kinds of players in the dressing room.
I think the manager and the other players know how my determination is at the moment. I met with the manager, and we had a talk, a really good talk. We talked about everything, not just about football, and I told him how I felt at the time, and that I wanted only one thing; to be back and show everyone that I can still be that guy. I want to prove it to myself, which is the most important thing. I want to look at myself in the mirror and be able to say: ‘you came back, and did everything good in the right way’.
It’s for my son as well. He’s too young now, but when he sees me play, I want it to be competitively. I could have gone somewhere exotic, but I wanted to be back in a competitive league and prove to myself I can still be doing it, and I want to do it for West Ham”.