West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini claims Samir Nasri is on a revenge mission following 18-month ban
SAMIR NASRI is ready to make amends following the end of his 18-month ban for breaking anti-doping rules.
The French winger’s suspension, imposed after he used an intravenous drip treatment, was lifted on New Year’s Day.
Nasri, 31, has been handed a second chance by West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini, who worked with him at Manchester City.
And Pellegrini has backed the star, who won two Premier League titles during his six years with City, to get back to his best with the Hammers.
Pell’s side host Birmingham in the FA Cup third round at lunchtime.
The Chilean, 65, said: “Samir is looking very well because he has been working with us for more than one month.
“He lost some weight and I think football is like when you ride a bicycle when you are a small boy. You never forget. He is a very technical player and I am sure he will play in the same way as he did before.
“I trust a lot in him and what he will give to our team.
“He knows this is revenge for him, he is motivated, working hard and has a lot of quality.
“I am absolutely sure he will be a player that makes a difference.”
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Nasri was banned after receiving an IV treatment from Drip Doctors in Los Angeles in 2016 while he was on loan at Sevilla after being farmed out by Pep Guardiola.
He has not played since November 2017, when he turned out for Turkish side Antalyaspor.
And while Pellegrini would not be drawn on whether Nasri has expressed any regret for his doping offence, he knows the former France international is ready to repay the faith he has shown in him.
Pell added: “I don’t want to talk about whether it was his fault or not his fault. He was involved.
“I have known Samir since I was at Manchester City. One of the reasons we won the title in 2014 was because of him.
“Knowing him and after speaking to him about what he was thinking about the future, I decided to give him an option here at West Ham.
“He worked very hard and that’s why he has signed his contract — now he has to demonstrate it on the pitch.
“The best way now to do it is with the performance.
“That part of his life, it has past.”
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