I held off on writing about the departure of Samir Nasri from Manchester City because I have, probably like most of you, mixed feelings about his time with us.
Moving to the Turkish side, Antalyaspor, Nasri has been on the outside looking in for a couple of seasons now. It wasn’t always like that though and, when he was first signed in 2011, he was different and we, as a club, were different.
The Marseille born, France International came to us for a fee of 25 million, being handed a four-year contract. At that point, with Roberto Mancini at the helm, we had just come off the back of our first trophy since 1976.
Now he leaves us having won the Premier League twice and a League Cup. While City lived up and eclipsed the potential they showed in 2011, Nasri seemed never to quite find his peak, and instead became a frustrating figure at the club, showing all too rarely glimpses of what City fans had expected.