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Nasri: "Money has never been my motivation"

Contract rebel Samir Nasri has revealed that ‘titles’ are more important to him than ‘money’, after rejecting a £90,000-a-week contract extension at Arsenal.

Nasri, who has twelve months left on his existing contract, is yet to agree to sign a new deal after talks broke down between the 24-year-old’s representatives and Gunners’ officials.

The player himself is due to return to London Colney next week for pre-season training and head for final showdown talks with manager Arsene Wenger, when he is expected to formally request to leave the club.

“Money has never been my motivation. I have always taken my decisions from a football point of view,” Nasri told News of the World.

“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.

“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 Under-17 European Championship in 2004.

“We all need to get out of our comfort zone to grow up and test ourselves.”

With incoming players not expected at the Emirates until late July, any potential move for Nasri is unlikely to happen until then.

Meanwhile, Gael Clichy’s likely move to Manchester City is close to being confirmed with The Independent reporting that the Frenchman’s representatives were busy completing the formalities of a £7 million deal over the weekend.

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Pat
Pat
9 years ago

Sorry, but some very well respected French journalists and agents have already said Nasri’s situation it purely about money and that they always saw him as a bit of a greedy player.

Not buying this, something his agent probably told him to say. Why the fuck is Darren Dein the agent of Cesc, Nasri, Clichy, and now RVP? Pretty sure he was Henry’s agent as well. Someone get rid of this cunt.

joen
joen
9 years ago

The man is high on himself. How many players haven’t had six good months? He has to #facefact and relise he still is a long way from Ballon d’or. He has to perform over a much longer period before he can come complaining on trophies and all that. He wasn’t even in the squad for the world cup last summer!

C’mon Samir, don’t be an a**hole. We love you to death, but this kind of behavior is ridicules!

Harry
Harry
9 years ago

We all know Samir Nasri is a top player but this guy is a real c**t like many players in modern day football so that is why I would forgive him if he decided to stay although now we dont expect him to.

I am getting a bit tired of this stupid situation with Wenger, thanks for ruining the club with shit like rosicky, denilson, diaby, bendtner, almunia, squillaci etc

Ejike vincent
9 years ago

Samir nasri hav always been a lover of money,he should go if he wishes to,i just think he’s mind is no longer wit the gunners,i believe wenger can always find a replacement for him and fabregas.but i believe all gunners will be missing him if he eventualy leaves the emirates.

Erik
Erik
9 years ago

Yeah I agree with the other 2 posts…. Nowadays footballers have 3-4 good games in a row and suddenly think they are about to overtake Messi as the best player in the world. Nasri had an incredible half season, really good effort from him but he dissapeared after that. The reason why our expectations were so high before the Birmingham loss were because we had players like him in the side, most deserving 100k+ per week, but in the last 2 months our players were in relegation form, therefore their wages should have been like 30k per week average. If… Read more »

Pat
Pat
9 years ago

@Harry: Don’t agree that its all Wenger’s fault either. We all wanted Rosicky, don’t kid yourself. He was absolute class until his injury and I look forward to a better season from him, which I know he is capable of. I’m giving Diaby one more season. Out of the disappointing players he’s the one thats shown the most promise. Staying fit will be key to his future, and probably career. Almunia, Squillaci(although he’s better than most 4th choice CBs), and Denilson should be sold. Nikki B is a tough one. Has so much potential(as his record shows) but its as… Read more »

thekaizer
thekaizer
9 years ago

he is right

Hurray Torpedo
Hurray Torpedo
9 years ago

Let him rot with the reserves..then let him go.
We don’t need a greedy player who puts himself and his
check book aheead of the team and the supporters.

thekaizer
thekaizer
9 years ago

wenger has said that is not an option. and payton supports him

nashawn00
9 years ago

these quote shouldnt be reasoned wrongly, if we had enough players who could stand up when needed, then the pressure wont av to be on rvp,cesc n nasri always..with them we’ve won nothing..meaning we need improvement but i think these players just get pissed everytime they realise wenger aint buying big, hence, no ambition bt only hope..i question his decision but i also question arsene’s transfer policies

nashawn00
9 years ago

we just afraid of losing these guys bcos we know, they wont be replaced properly…manure just replace v.d.sarr with de gea n nt kuzschak, stil in search of a new ronaldo n a replacement for giggs have bought a.young, c’mon we wont contest even if we keep them(cesc,nasri,clichy)…someone has to make these players and other clubs respect arsenal and its wenger…its a shame we av an owner who will wait n be silent until something horrible happens..for me whoever leaves or stays, i’ll be singing ‘arsenal we on ur side’

Davi
Davi
9 years ago

He didn’t “disappear” after the first 6 months, he just stopped scoring. He was still consistently good and worked hard for the team. He is still growing as a player and it seems he wants wenger to show him that the club has ambition. Maybe this will be the sort of wake-up call the club needs?

chizi
chizi
9 years ago

i dnt wat to say quite frankly i dnt want arsenal to loose nasri.

julianf
julianf
9 years ago

C’mon guys, lay off the bloke – all players are cunts nowadays – and who here wouldn’t be motivated by money? The game as we knew is fucked, as fucked as AFC – AFC won’t pay the wages for top talent hence they all leave when a better offer comes along. Be a mid table finish if we’re lucky this coming season.

saint
saint
9 years ago

If I am Nasri, I’ll do the same. Arsenal club’s priority is making profit than a silverware… Poor arsenal…

Aussie Jack
Aussie Jack
9 years ago

An American baseball coach is credited with the lines “winning isn`t everything, it`s the only thing”. Yes, there`s a certain amount hype and pride in lifting silver over your head, you get a real buzz but it doesn`t last long, the thing that really impress`s is a week later when all the euphoria has settled and you see someone has put half a million quid in your bank. Of course “money isn`t everything, it`s the only thing”. Like chocolate there are some who can`t get enough even if it makes them sick. Money aside Arsenal need players that other team… Read more »

Aussie Jack
Aussie Jack
9 years ago

Let me say one thing on Nasri`s behalf. He, like many others come to Arsenal because of the clubs reputation, they expect to win as is the tradition. The fans expect to win also. I don`t know of any other English club that carries the burden of fame like Arsenal. Narsi is right when he said he came to win and probably like Fabregas would still be with us had we achieved some of the expected. Yes ,the players let us down but only because they were the wrong players and they infected the cream. Wenger put the apples in… Read more »

montreal gunner
montreal gunner
9 years ago

arsenal is imploding due to two factors :
1_man city , chelsea ,…have too much money
2_we have too many lousy players : rosicky , denilson, eboue , pele-bentner ,…
this is a very tricky situation .

Paul N
Paul N
9 years ago

Harry you need to relax and think straight. Arsene is the reason that we compete inspite of the lack of huge finances. He is the best maneger in the world as none of these others couldve produced what he has consistently with the limited resources. Davi, how can you say that he JUST stopped scoring? it was his goals that was setting as the best. He added goals to his game so if he stopped scoring it was a big deal. The whole blasted team seemed as if they left the scoring up to RVP. Nasri needs to prove himself,… Read more »

Daniel
Daniel
9 years ago

Arsenal Fans should style up. Every Player in Arsenal is complaining of lack of trophies, yet they play without the fire and zeal to conquer. Carling Cup finals against BC, Fabregas back pass in our 18 yrad box against Barcelona, relinguishing a 4-0 lead against Newcastle, as well as the two legs of Totheham, the loss to Westbrom, the list is endless.
Though we may heep all the blames on Wenger, we also have bunch of non commital players. Any of them who wishes to go can go, after all we have had them for this last 6 years.

haggai
haggai
9 years ago

Hey Nasri, well said if money not your motivation prove it by signing a new contract @ da Emirates.. Make a name now that Cesc is going back to his home country to support his own..! Everyone of us think you leaving because of money..Mr. Wenger has vowed never to see you going to Old Traford and besides Barcelona which other club is better than Arsenal? Why don’t mention to the Boss,Wenger some of the players you would want @ the Emirates to make you stay if money is not the issue.. Yes we know the Arsenal defence has not… Read more »

American
American
9 years ago

Nasri was suppose to sign the contract January but shelved it when he saw no defenders were in that window. Everybody was expecting for us to compete and win we had to stengthen our defense since our best defender was injured. But everybody including the Nasri and other saw that the club has no ambition. Who want to be in a team that cannot provide the obvious renforcement. Arsene and the board bottled it. I cannot blame Cesc, Nasri and clichy if they left.

American
American
9 years ago

Now that Cesc, Nasri and clichy are leaving to should be a priority that we move into the market and get quality player with money we generated from sell of the three players but that has to happen quick so that those coming in can get good preseason with team but if he waits until end of July and early August then forget it because it will be the usual delay tactic with no real substance.

ozed
ozed
9 years ago

@ paul N
Well said man. Sometimes when you listen to these players you wonder whether they weren’t the same guys who threw the title away week after week.
By the way for those who blame wenger, no team has 11 world beaters even man u or barca has like 3 to 5 world beaters and the rest are just good guys who give their all in every game. So Nasri if you want trophies win them arsenal because right now, you are part of the problem.

Dejilinho
Dejilinho
9 years ago

Quote Explanation by Dejilinho(Me)- “Money has never been my motivation. I have always taken my decisions from a football point of view” Nasri “If Arsenal increases my wages to £120,000 a week, I will still not stay, I am leaving for football reasons” Dejilinho “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. “With no titles under your belt… I came to England to get trophies because I haven’t won anything in my career.” Nasri “The manager doesn’t give me… Read more »

WOLF
WOLF
9 years ago

@Aussie Jack: Relax buddy because fact of the matter is Arsenal dont have the history as Man U or Pool. They have 19 and 18 titles while we have 13. Dont get me wrong we still have a great history.

George
George
9 years ago

Nasri is an a**hole.if he knws he wanted a club dat wins trophies why join arsenal when 3yrs trophyless…d fact is these young lads join arsenal jst 2 get attention for bigger clubs.lets get rid of these french guys they have been the cause of our downfall.flamini,galas,toure,now nasri nd clichy nd a lot to come.

steve
steve
9 years ago

Nasri u ar right, let put ourselves in all dis players position. If u were to be nasri will u stay in a club without ambition where their main aim is to develop players and make profit.

SKOFIELD
SKOFIELD
9 years ago

NASRI must live for UNITED where he will get a lot of trophies and will be in the Ballon D’or list like midfielder XAVI and Iniesta…….

Arsenal fan
Arsenal fan
9 years ago

I am an arsenal fan and forgive me but i can understand nasri. Seriously come on guys 6 years without a trophy arsene wenger is to blame , arsenal i believe is just a club for players to develop and then get sold to. I am starting to believe that i mean come on if a player had to choose between manchester united and arsenal its not a hard desision, alex ferguson is twice the coach arsene wenger is, i remember reading an article about why we should support wenger and that we beat barcelona, man utd, chelsea etc, well… Read more »

one mole
one mole
9 years ago

Nasri! Nasri!! Nasri!!! You ar just an asshole! C’mon, as it has been said last season, you are a dress room favourite. A lot of the first teamers love your style of play and determination, motivation, etc, etc,etc… But certainly they were not aware of your greed. If 90k was what was offered to you and you deliberately refused it…then you should be found wanting like Emmanuel Ade-Moron. Get real! Anybody that left the Arsenal for ‘trophies’ has never found happiness and will only miss us! (Hleb) Rethink, we are closer! Nothing is sweater than working hard for years and… Read more »

nelson
nelson
9 years ago

if nasri isnt motivated for money he should not be heading to m.city for me m.city wont be going home with anything next seoson n he should probally think of joing barca real or acmilan with m.city he gona he wont even future for france wenger should sign those guys who want to win titles guys like chamak bentner arshavin rosicky should leave arsenal

VUVUZELA
VUVUZELA
9 years ago

HEY, Guys! Stop blaming Nasir and rather put the blame on Wenger. He should go the Ferguson way and buy. Barca has the best team in the world, yet continue buying

chris
chris
9 years ago

In other words … Nasri does not rate Wenger’s pit-a-pat style of football played with too many make weight softies in the team. Quite right too. Wenger could have done something about this last summer. Every Arsenal fan in the whole world wanted : > a big experienced goalkeeper > a big experienced central defender > A big experienced defensive mid fielder. [ And I wanted a strong defensive coach who actually does tactics … to fill in Wenger’s deficiencies] Wenger knew better and spent the whole season obsessed with being proved right. The players eventually gave up on the… Read more »

Judith Le'Strange
Judith Le'Strange
9 years ago

Most players are only after money no matter what they say that winning titles are the most important thing. Wen their agents start to get itchy palms they start hawking their clients to the highest bidder then claim it’s the player that wants the move, not to mention the extra cash the agents are getting in backhanders to get their clients to sign for xx millions plus the extra cash in a non taxable handout. If Nasri is so desperate to move sell him but not to United or City or Chelsea but Roma who are offering £28 m so… Read more »

skam
skam
9 years ago

You got excellent French translation Dejilinho….two things will get Nasri to sign, and the first being that his role changes in Arsenal…he sees himself as a playmaker, or the guy that should be playing Cescs role….if Cesc goes then he stays…but AS WELL, he wants to see the team strengthened in other areas. The money side of things I dont believe is the most difficult part, Arsenal would simply throw in the 120k to slap a five year contract on him then put him back on the market for Mancity to then get him for 50 mill. Wenger says that… Read more »

mathematical
mathematical
9 years ago

nasri ignite me with is hyperbole(am not after money)can somebody ask him whats the genesis of his transfer speculation.hmm, i smile with half wink .if wenger do increase is wages to 140,000.bet me this guy will sing a new song with sweet melody.thou looking at the lucsture at emirate even the average player are coughing in secret to move away from the emirate.wenger should deploy in quality player nt 14,15,18 stundet like miyaichi,berrelon,jonjo or wateva.its time for total overhaling or else man city will buy the entire squad.

Tanimu
9 years ago

Nasri I AGREE WITH U BUT DON’T GO BCOS WENGER WILL DO SOMETHING ABOUT D SQUAD

Ibrahim
Ibrahim
9 years ago

Arsenal should pay Nasri the money he wants and deserves. We should not be emotional about that. You should not ask the players to feel the romance with the club, this is not the way it works, even Roony doubted the credit of United to win anything last year … Top top clubs will sign him for what he wants, quality players are hard to find. His agent know that, top clubs know that and we should realize that too. It looks like Arsenal became a sub topper last years, this is dangerous for us, these players did not see… Read more »

Ollie
Ollie
9 years ago

trophies? youve had 1 good season and you think your trophy worthy? Cesc fabregas stayed with us till thick and thin and should be earning twice what his wage is because he is one of the most consistent midfielders out there and he will leave with lots of respect from all of us gooners.

If you leave you will leave with nothing, if you want to go then go, i want players who would be honoured to play for our club, not more adebayors.

Gaudin M. Gabin
9 years ago

any sane arsenal fun should join me to hate wenger for being uninterested person in trophies, i get suprised of london funs not to insult him or slap him so that he can learn from the people full of wrath for his rubbish record as once mourinho said to him! In WENGER WE SHOULD NOT TRUST, I HATE HIM, LET HIM GO AWAY.

GunnerMacedonia
GunnerMacedonia
9 years ago

to all of you saying nasri is a cunt, asshole, greedy and everything, just picture this: YOU ARE A YOUNG, AMBITIOUS PLAYER, 20 YO, BEING BOUGHT FROM ARSENAL, BEING PROMISED GREAT THINGS IN THE FUTURE. SEASON AFTER SEASON, YOU GET BETTER AND BETTER, BUT THE THINGS THAT ARE PROMISED ARE NOT FULFILLED:YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY PLAYERS WHO HAVE NO EPL EXPERIENCE, WHO MAKE SILLY MISTAKES AND EXPERIENCE IS WENGER`S DICTIONARY IS 22-23 YO PLAYERS. NOW YOU ARE ON CROSSROAD-TO PLAY UNDER ARSENAL(A TEAM WHO WONT SPENT MORE THAN 15 MILLIONS ON A PLAYER, WHO WONT SPEND BIG ON CLASS PLAYERS,… Read more »

Nasrifan
Nasrifan
9 years ago

Yeah, I hope he’ll stay.

unbeaten49games
unbeaten49games
9 years ago

Wenger has become a prisoner of his own policy. Its not working and wont work until he changes.

kavgooner
kavgooner
9 years ago

“money not the motivator”… Never heard such bo**ocks in my life. I suppose Samir would take a pay cut if we used the money saved to fund bringing in other “quality” players in order to win titles? My Ar*e he would!

John
John
9 years ago

Should of taken control of the League Cup final then Samir instead of letting it pass you by and the League run in against the likes Sunderland, Blackburn, WBA and Bolton.

Goonerholic
Goonerholic
9 years ago

I can only say one thing about this whole issue. Sami Nasri might be sold and end up in oblivion like the rest of the players who left Arsenal for whatever reasons. These people never learn. With Wenger there is the patience and the building and he has the ability to nature a player. With the rest of the clubs its we are buying you expensively because we believe you are a star and you need to perform and if you don’t, its over for you. Ask Kolo Toure, Alexander Hleb, Emmanuel Adebayor, Matthew Flamini and a host of other… Read more »

pastaface
pastaface
9 years ago

@GunnerMacedonia:

Sorry but isn’t Nasri that same player you are describing ‘NO EPL EXPERIENCE, WHO MAKE SILLY MISTAKES AND EXPERIENCE IS WENGER`S DICTIONARY IS 22-23 YO PLAYERS’

He only really performed the 1st half of the season, he still has to develop.

The point of the matter is that these players are not leaders, but followers they can’t stand up and be counted when it really matters. But saying that it is Wengers fault for getting the same type of players with the same mental strength ‘WEAK’ They are all a bunch of pansies!!

Let him leave!

MothersMilk
MothersMilk
9 years ago

Wow.. you guy’s are really lapping up all this media spin like nobody’s business. It’s obvious that the media’s putting a bit of spin on the unfortunate turn of events which led to our crashing out at the end of the season, and their lack of concrete news and recent boredom with posting the same quotes from the whole Fabregas scandal has finally made them go into overdrive with the ridiculous rumours. But who’s heard any actual ironclad quotes from Walcott, RVP, or Nasri on any of these potential so-called moves. Only tabloid quotes and badly translated/transcribed quotes from foreign… Read more »

GunnerMacedonia
GunnerMacedonia
9 years ago

@pastaface: i was actually refering to koscielny, chesney and others who come from different leagues, need to get used to it, which takes some time. i believe that if we had more experienced, players who knows english football, players that nasri needs to look up to, nasri might have been calmer. this way he AT 23 must try to be a role model for the unexperienced players wenger seems to buy every year. it is a huge weight on his shoulders

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