West Ham United attacking midfielder Samir Nasri has admitted to London Evening Standard that he is still unsure of his future at the club as his temporary contract continues to run down.
The Frenchman proclaimed “I don’t know about my future. I have seven games left and I just want to play free of injury and then we will sit down and see what is next.”
Nasri hooked up with his former City manager Manuel Pellegrini at the London Stadium on the first day of the year, following the end of his 18-month ban for an anti-doping violation.
Since then, the veteran has impressed in spite of injury worries, endearing himself to the Claret & Blue Army with a string of impressive performances as they continue their push towards seventh place in the Premier League.
In total, the former French international has racked up six appearances in Irons colours so far, registering two assists, but has received no assurances about his future in spite of his good form.
Therefore, it’s unclear whether the fan favourite will be given a full or proper contract in the summer, when his short-term deal runs out.
It’s not hard to see how important Nasri has become for the Hammers in such a short period of time, having been written off at the start of his move.
Yes, he’s been hurt by injury and the long-awaited return of Manuel Lanzini, but he’s been able to overcome these barriers to thrive once again in the English top-flight.
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This is why Pellegrini can’t afford not to tie the player he knows very well down to a proper contract at the end of the season.
Whether he can truly challenge the number-ten-in-chief Lanzini for a starting position going forward is a different question entirely, however, the extravagant playmaker can certainly be the perfect back-up option in the position.
The Argentine is a very injury-prone player and if the Hammers suddenly find themselves without him at a crucial time, Nasri, another talent of creative flair, would be there to turn to.
But if the club think they can umm and ahh too much over this decision, they’re wrong – the two-time Premier League title winner will not be short of others suitors come the summer.