Samir Nasri “would love” move to MLS to end his career

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has revealed that he would like to make the move to Major League Soccer and follow in the footsteps of fellow Frenchman Thierry Henry by ending his career in the United States.

Nasri still has four years remaining on his current Manchester City deal as he signed a huge five-year contract extension at the end of last season, but he would prefer his next move to be to America rather than a return home to France.

“I would like to play MLS, not go back to France,” he is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail. “Maybe I would go back to Marseille but it would be too difficult – maybe impossible.

“I would like the MLS, like Thierry Henry. I love the lifestyle in the USA and everything about it.”

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Nasri will be 32 by the time his current contract with City comes to an end and could then make the switch to MLS. Manchester City part-own MLS Expansion franchise, New York City FC and so a move to the Big Apple could be a real possibility.

Frank Lampard will leave Manchester City for New York City FC at the end of the current Premier League season, while Thierry Henry also moved to New York but with the Red Bulls when he left Barcelona in 2010.

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Nasri has scored two goals with six assists in 20 Premier League appearances this season but has only played the full 90 minutes on five occasions this season.

The Frenchman shares the same agent as Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery, who has also been linked with a move to MLS in recent times, and the pair could both be plying their trade stateside before the end of the decade.

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Franck Ribery hints that MLS move could be on the horizon

Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery has dropped a hint that he would consider playing in Major League Soccer when his contract with the German giants expires in three years.

The highly-skilled French winger is one of the best players in Europe, and is currently in his eighth season with Bayern, looking to win his fifth Bundesliga title.

At 31, Ribery has plenty still to offer and with his contract with Bayern set to expire in 2017, the Frenchman has set his sights on a challenge outside of Europe to end his playing career.

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“Bayern and I are like a married couple. I bought us a house here. My son was born here. I raised my daughters here. They speak better German than me; articulate and grammatically perfect. I could play for another club in Europe but my heart is beating too much for Bayern.” he told German magazine Welt am Sonntag.

“But I could imagine going to the US, Qatar or Dubai for a new experience.”

With two new MLS franchises set to enter the league in 2017, one of whom will be the wealthy Los Angeles FC, Ribery could find himself a part of the rapidly growing soccer scene in America.

His wage demands will be high, but club’s such as LAFC will have the financial backing to make such a move possible, and it would certainly not do the league any harm.

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