West Ham United attacking midfielder Samir Nasri has revealed that he signed for the Hammers to prove that he can still cut it in the Premier League.

The Frenchman had a forgettable 2018 after he served a doping ban, but was signed by West Ham after impressing manager Manuel Pellegrini in training.




Nasri featured for the Hammers in their 2-0 FA Cup win against Birmingham City on Saturday and was deployed in his favoured attacking midfield role by Pellegrini.

West Ham take on Nasri’s old club Arsenal in their next game and the 31-year old has admitted that he could have gone anywhere but returned to the Premier League to prove himself at the highest level.
 


"When I signed, I told the boss that I wanted only one thing; to show everyone that I can still be that guy”, Nasri told the club’s official website.

“I want to prove it to myself. I want to look at myself in the mirror and be able to say ‘You came back and did everything in the right way’.
 

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“It’s for my son as well. He’s too young right now but when he sees me play, it has to be competitively.

“I could have gone somewhere exotic but I wanted to be back in a competitive league and prove to myself I can still be doing it. My determination is there.

"I just want to make a contribution to this team.

Nasri made 126 appearances for the Gunners before moving to Manchester City and could be in line to feature against Unai Emery’s side come the weekend.