Samir Nasri has revealed why he believes Sevilla are the “perfect” club to help him rediscover his best form.
The France playmaker moved to La Liga on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City in August after an injury-hit campaign last season.
Nasri claims Pep Guardiola wanted to keep him at the Etihad after a promising pre-season but the 29-year-old insists he needed a fresh start at Sevilla, where he has scored three goals and contributed one assist in 13 appearances so far this term.
“I had a good pre-season but needed a change. Guardiola wanted me to stay,” Nasri told Sevilla’s official magazine.
“In my last season, I had many injuries and wanted to start something new, fresh. So I contacted other clubs but, when I heard Sevilla, I knew I needed to come here.
“If you know anything about football, you know that Sevilla has returned many players back to the top.
“I asked Jesus Navas, [David] Silva and Nolito about the club, the city, and everything was good,” he enthused.
“There was good food, very nice girls… I talked to Guardiola and he told me there is a great coach in [Sevilla assistant] Juanma Lillo.
“That was all I needed to know. It was perfect for me.”