Samir Nasri ‘close to signing new Arsenal contract’

France midfielder set to be rewarded for impressive performances with improved long-term deal

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
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samir nasri

Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri is on the verge of signing a new long-term contract, according to the player’s agent.

The 23-year-old France midfielder, whose current deal is set to expire in 2012, has sparkled for the gunners this season and Arsène Wenger appears ready to reward his impressive performances with an improved deal which would keep him in north London until 2016.

Nasri’s agent Jean-Pierre Bernes told the Daily Express: “Samir is happy at the club, the coach believes in him, the directors believe in him as well.

“He said to me, ‘You won’t believe the great atmosphere in the changing room, I’ve rarely experienced anything like this’. Samir has done his three seasons with Arsenal and the wise thing to do is to stay with this club.”

Nasri has scored nine goals in 20 Premier League appearances this season but is a major doubt for Arsenal’s clash with Barcelona in two weeks’ time after suffering a hamstring injury during the gunners’ 2-1 FA Cup victory over Huddersfield on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Wenger has questioned Chelsea’s logic after the Blues backed Uefa’s new financial fair play rules but still spent over £70m on transfer deadline day. The European governing body’s new rules will require clubs to break even starting from the 2012-13 season.

Wenger said: “Chelsea supported Uefa’s financial fair play proposals but in the morning they announced a £70m loss and in the afternoon they buy £75m worth of players. Where’s the logic in that?

“It’s hard to guess. Officially they vote for financial fair play but they can explain why they have done this much better than I can.

“He [Abramovich] can tell you why but that’s how you can read it from the outside. If you don’t invest for a while, it looks as if you’re not as involved in it any more. That he doesn’t like it as much. But £75m means more will come.

The Arsenal boss added: “Abramovich was a bit in no man’s land where nobody could guess if he wanted to still invest or not. He has been like that for a long time but that has changed. He has decided to put big money in again and that tells you in the summer more will come. He is back to full investment.”

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