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West Ham Sign Samir Nasri

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46700310

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West Ham have signed former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri - on the day he completes a doping ban.

The 31-year-old Frenchman has been without a club since 31 January after leaving Turkish club Antalyaspor.

Nasri, who has signed a deal until the end of the season, served an 18-month doping ban for using an intravenous drip treatment but is available to play again from 1 January 2019.

He won two Premier League titles and the League Cup in six years with City.

"Coming back to the most competitive league in the world, with a team full of ambition with a manager that I know.... it's the best job in the world, and I'm really excited about it," said Nasri.

Nasri has made 215 appearances in the Premier League, playing for Arsenal from 2008 to 2011 before moving to City for £25m. He fell out of favour following the arrival of Pep Guardiola and spent a loan spell with Sevilla.

He was initially banned for six months for taking an intravenous drip that contravened World Anti-Doping Agency rules.

It was alleged that in 2016, while on loan to Sevilla, he received 500 millilitres of hydration in the form of sterile water containing micronutrient components, which exceeds the permissible limit.

In February 2017, a request by Sevilla for a retroactive therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for Nasri was refused by Uefa.

In August 2018, Uefa extended the ban from six to 18 months, backdated to 1 July 2017.

West Ham have the option to extend Nasri's contract by a year.

 

 

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