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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