Samir Nasri set to sign new five-year deal at Manchester City

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Samir Nasri is expected to sign a new five-year deal

at Manchester City when the Frenchman finishes his

holiday, with the club hopeful that Joe Hart, Edin

Dzeko, and Aleksandar Kolarov will follow suit by

signing contract extensions after the World Cup.

While City would also like James Milner to agree fresh

terms, the midfielder is reluctant to do so as he wants

to leave to play more regular first-team football.

As Nasri is not in Didier Deschamps’s France squad for

the World Cup, which starts next week in Brazil, he is

expected to be the first to commit himself to City,

following the 26-year-old’s fine season in the club’s

title win.

Nasri, who has two years left on his current deal,

scored seven goals in 29 league starts including a vital

late equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Sunderland on 16

April and the opener in the 2-0 win over West Ham

United on the final day that clinched City a second

championship in three years.

His decision to tie himself to City signals his

contentment at the club and represents a turnaround

from a year ago when Nasri struggled under Roberto

Mancini, the former manager, and at one point

appeared likely to leave. His unhappiness playing for

Manuel Pellegrini’s predecessor featured several spats

which included the Italian stating he wanted to punch

Nasri for some of his performances during the

2012-13 season.

That troubled campaign had followed a well-

documented argument with a French journalist

following France’s exit from Euro 2012. However,

after a summer of soul-searching in last summer and

the calming influence of Pellegrini’s management,

Nasri, who joined from Arsenal in August 2011 in a

£24m deal, admitted he had matured.

When City won the title last month, he stated the

difference between Mancini and Pellegrini as: “The

atmosphere in the dressing room. We’ve been friends

this year. There are no egos. It was a pleasure to

work with him.”

City also want to reward Hart for an impressive

second half of the season after he was dropped in

late October for a series of howlers. The goalkeeper,

who will start the World Cup as the England No1, also

has two years left on his contract and bounced back

from being demoted to have a fine campaign when

reinstated by Pellegrini on 21 December for the 4-2

win at Fulham.

As with Nasri, who can expect to be given improved

terms on his current wags of a round £170,000 a

week, Hart’s £90,000-a-week salary will be increased.

Kolarov, who joined City from Lazio for £19m in

summer 2010 and earns £100,000, and Dzeko, a £27m

buy from Wolfsburg January 2011 whose salary is

£150,000 a week, each have just a year left. But

after both played vital parts in City’s successful

season – the club also won the Capital One Cup – they

will be offered fresh terms.

Milner’s situation is less clear-cut following Uefa’s

financial fair play sanctions. Milner is unhappy at the

lack of first-team opportunities afforded him by

Pellegrini having started only 12 league games and

made 19 substitute appearances.

While he wants to leave, Milner may be retained by

the club because of Uefa’s ruling that City can have

only 21 players in their Champions League squad, with

the midfielder potentially required to fill one of the

homegrown berths. If he decides against agreeing a

new deal and holds out for a transfer, City would be

prepared to block the move and let him run down his

contract for the final 12 months.

City have made their latest move in a long-term

strategy to tackle FFP regulations by recruiting Steve

Torpey and Darren Hughes from Liverpool, two youth

team coaches, after appointing Rodolfo Borrell as the

club’s global technical director in March. Borrell had

been the head of the academy coaching at the

Merseyside club before being sacked last autumn.

Liverpool had not wanted to lose either Torpey or

Hughes with each having been considered committed

to the club for the foreseeable future. While Torpey

and Hughes coached up to under-14 level, Borrell was

aware of their respective abilities from his time at

Anfield.

With FFP increasing the need for more homegrown

players, Torpey and Hughes’ knowledge and contacts

should aid Borrell’s drive to ensure a greater number

of high-quality footballers are developed at City.

When at Liverpool, Raheem Sterling and Jon Flanagan

were developed under Borrell, and he is also credited

for producing Cesc Fábregas and Lionel Messi when

previously at Barcelona.


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