After an absence of two and a half years, Samir Nasri has returned to the Premier League.
The Frenchman has been without a club for most of 2018 due to an 18 month doping ban dating back to mid-2017.
But with that ban ending today, Nasri has joined West Ham on a six month deal, with an option to extend the term by a year.
“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,” the 31-year-old told the club’s official website.
“You choose a club and a project because of the ambition, and I think that West Ham has everything to be one of the biggest clubs in London, for sure. I mean, 60,000 people every game at home. We play in the Olympic Stadium. The training ground is there and you have owners who wants to invest and have a good team. Everything is there to be doing great things.”
Nasri worked with Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City, where the duo won the Premier League title in 2014.
It was his second English league win at the club, whom he joined from Arsenal in 2011.
“He is a player I obviously know well from our time together at Manchester City and I am happy to be working with him again,” Pellegrini said. “He has been working very hard here in recent weeks to build up his fitness and condition after a long period without playing, and he is now very determined to return to his best.”
“Samir will give us another dimension in our attacking play.”