Personally, I'm very excited. Nasri has been dubbed the new Zidane, by the man himself. He is only 20 years old and there is a lot to come from him. He didn't get to show his skills at the Euros, but I'd rather have him on the wing, a player with pace, creativity, invention and desire than a player such as Diaby, playing out of position...
So, does that signal the end of the road for Alex Hleb, well, I'd say yes. We've brought in two wingers (three if you include Vela, four if you think Eduardo will play there too this season), so surely one has to go.
Barcelona have been heavily linked with the player, and with Nasri and Ramsey joining, surely Hleb's days are numbered... Nasri has signed a four year contract, until the 2012/2013 season...
Paul Doyle, who blogs for the Guardian once said:
The silken touch, the balletic elegance, the majestic strength. The vision. The trailblazing dribbles that begin with the drop of a shoulder and a graceful dash and conclude with a piercing pass or a scorching shot. Or some other alliterative joy.
Yes, Young Nasri can do all that. And is doing so with increasing frequency, which is why Marseille have made him their undisputed playmaker and Raymond Domenech wants to put the boy in blue. Such progress has been predicted for a long time: Nasri was first hailed as the New Zidane way back in 2004, the year he won the Under-17 European Championship with France before making his first-team debut with OM (who’d signed him when he was nine). It’s not a label he wears willingly. “I don’t think it’s fair to put that sort of pressure on a young player,” he told journalists after his call-up for Saturday’s Euro 2008 tryst with Lithuania. “There’s only one Zidane, just as there was only one Platini. I’m me, a novice who’s trying to get better.”
Anyway, congratulations Mr Samir Nasri, look forward to seeing you at the Emirates next season.]]>