Spanish Football Nasri on Sevilla spell: Sampaoli told me I can drink, go clubbing, do whatever I want
Samir Nasri spent the 2016/17 campaign on loan at Sevilla, but the French playmaker has revealed how Jorge Sampaoli tempted him to the club.
The 32-year-old’s time at Manchester City was coming towards an end and as he sought a new club, the Argentine seemed to do enough to convince Nasri to come to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
«Sampaoli wanted me so much that he told me, ‘Come to our team, you can drink, go clubbing, do whatever you want, and I will cover your ass in front of the club,'» Nasri said during an Instagram Live.
«All I ask is that you’re good on the pitch at the weekend.
«In fact, one weekend I wasn’t able to play and I wanted to go home and see my family and he offered to watch my house and look after my dog.»
When looking back at his time at Sevilla, Nasri recognised the strength of the squad they had.
«We had one of the best teams in Europe,» he explained.
«With [Steven] N’Zonzi, Vitolo, [Stevan] Jovetic, [Pablo] Sarabia, [Wissam] Ben Yedder, Adil Rami, Mariano… For six months we were as strong as Barcelona and Real Madrid.»
Nasri got off to a great start in the Andalusian capital, but things began to unravel after undergoing intravenous treatment in Los Angeles, which later resulted in an 18-month ban from football.
«What happened in Los Angeles ruined my season,» he added.
«It was an injection of vitamins that was legal, and I had a prescription, but the clinic injected me with a greater amount than I had expected.
«I was destroyed because I thought I was going to be banned for two years.
«I didn’t want to play any more after that.
«I even told Sampaoli to leave me out, but he always wanted me to play.
«I was lost, I was anxious and angry with everything.
«I didn’t show it on the pitch, but football was over for me.»