Premier League transfer news: Chelsea ahead of Manchester City in race for Real Madrid's Isco, Blues want £30 million man and more – November 22, 2018
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#5 Zabaleta wants Nasri at West Ham
Samir Nasri has been linked with a move to West Ham. The former Manchester City star’s suspension expires at the end of December, after which he is allowed to play competitive football again.
And right now, the Frenchman is currently training with West Ham in order to stay in shape and prepare himself for the second half of the season. According to West Ham right-back Pablo Zabaleta, West Ham would fare better with players like him in the team, bringing up the fact that Pellegrini and Nasri worked together at Manchester City.
“Manuel knows Samir very well from his time at Manchester City,” Zabaleta said.
“We need players with his quality, especially because also we lost two key players who brought quality into this team.
“Manuel Lanzini in the summer before the World Cup and then [Jack] Wilshere, who is very close to coming back to the team.”
The Argentine defender then went on to praise the former Arsenal star’s quality with the ball at his feet. Nasri, during the peak of his powers, was among the finest midfielders in the game.
He could pocket between the lines and make incisive passes to the forwards, which is something that Zabaleta believes would help the Hammers.
“On the ball [Nasri] is fantastic. He is one of those players who can give to the team some possession and play between the lines to help the attacking players to create chances.”
The problem with this, however, is that Nasir may be very well past his prime now.