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Ex-Man City, Arsenal midfielder Nasri retires at 34

Samir Nasri has confirmed his retirement from football at the age of 34.

The former French international announced his decision on Sunday on Canal +, a medium where he is now an expert.

Nasri arrived in Marseille and was transferred to Arsenal in 2008, spending three years at Emirates Stadium before joining Manchester City.

At Manchester City, Nasri won two English Premier League (EPL) titles, a League Cup and a Community Shield.

He joined Sevilla on loan in 2016/2017 and appeared to have revitalized his La Liga career, although the move was not made permanent.

A short stint in Turkey with Antalyaspor followed, but Nasri mutually terminated his contract in January 2018, before receiving a six-month football ban from UEFA.

It was for breaking WADA's rules in December 2016 by receiving an intravenous infusion of 500 milliliters of water containing nutrients.

It was this ban that Nasri said made him fall in love with football, with the playmaker still saying he was innocent.

"An episode hurt me very badly and changed my relationship with football: my suspension," he said on Canal +.

“I found that more than unfair, I had not taken any doping product. It was just an injection of vitamins because I was sick. It cut me off in my tracks.

Nasri returned to play with West Ham on a short-term contract in 2018/2019, making five league appearances in total.

He joined former Manchester City teammate Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht the following season, although this was another doom and he was released in 2020.

Of his move to Anderlecht, Nasri said: “There was an emotional side, but also the idea of ​​being a player and also a little in the staff.

“As I would like to train, I thought I would learn from him [Kompany].

“It didn't go as planned. Then the championship was stopped because of COVID-19. After that, I didn't necessarily want to [play].

"No challenge excited me and I couldn't see myself coming back to France if it wasn't for Marseille."

Nasri has impressed at Arsenal, scoring 18 league goals and establishing seven more in his three seasons at the club, although injuries have often reduced his appearances.

He has never lived up to Manchester City's bill, despite helping the club to their very first Premier League title in 2011/2012.

In 2013/2014 he scored seven goals and created as many as Manuel Pellegrini's side clinched the title.

His appearances waned later in his Manchester City career, and he only played 12 times in the league in his last full season at the Etihad Stadium.

He only started four times before being loaned out by Pep Guardiola in 2016

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