Samir Nasri May Start Exodus From Arsenal

Samir Nasri has dropped the biggest hint yet that he could leave Arsenal this summer, but hit out at suggestions he is holding the club to ransom over a new contract. The Frenchman is approaching the final year of his four-year deal at Emirates Stadium and has been linked with a big money move to Premier League rivals Manchester City and Manchester United. The FA Cup winners have already signalled their intent with promises of a £20m bid, while the Premier League champions will make their move this week, fresh from tying Ashley Young into a £135,000-a-week contract.

Nasri has sparkled only in bursts since moving to north London from his hometown of Marseille in 2008, but his best passage of form came in the first half of the last campaign. However much like Arsenal's season, Nasri tailed off badly towards the climax and was once again left empty-handed. The 24-year is said to be demanding an enormous pay hike to put him on a level club captain Cesc Fabregas, alerting his suitors, both of whom would be willing and able to match his demands, as well as provide a reasonable expectation of trophy glory.

Nasri said, "Money has never been my motivation. I have always taken decisions from a football point of view. I don't want to sign for a club where I wouldn't be playing the football that I like, where I wouldn't feel happy, just for the money. We already earn huge wages. The priority is to make a big career and to win titles. This is more important than everything else. I know the value and the meaning of money. You have to be able to evolve with a new way of living, keeping respect to my values. Family, friends, a good agent, it all helps you not get carried away."

He added, in the News of the World, "With no titles under your belt, you can't be in list for Ballon D'Or. I came to England for trophies because I've not won anything in my career, apart from an Under 17 European Championship in 2004. We all need to get out of comfort zone to grow up and test ourselves. Even without winning trophies, I think I have grown up."

Nasri intimation that his future lies elsewhere is yet another body blow to the club desperate to end a six-year trophy drought. Reports also suggesting that Chelsea are attempting to capitalise on the uncertainty at Arsenal with a move for Theo Walcott, while Robin van Persie's agent has also said his client is concerned by the developments at the club.

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