Samir Nasri announces retirement from football

Samir Nasri announces retirement from football

Samir Nasri, a former midfielder for Manchester City and Arsenal, has announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 34.

Nasri, who played for City for five years and won two Premier League titles and a League Cup, was most recently with old teammate Vincent Kompany's Anderlecht side in Belgium.

After leaving City, the former France international had loan spells with Sevilla, Antalyaspor, and West Ham, but he left the Belgian side when the coronavirus epidemic forced the country's football to halt in 2020.

Nasri received an 18-month suspension from UEFA in 2018 for having intravenous treatment at a Los Angeles clinic two years prior in violation of WADA guidelines.

Nasri told the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche that the ban had influenced his decision to quit because it had disrupted his career.

"An incident really hurt me and changed my relationship with football: my suspension. I found it more than unfair as I didn't take any drugs," he said.

"It was just an injection of vitamins because I was sick. It stopped me in my tracks."

He is now a pundit for Canal +.