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Nasri tipped to shine at Hammers

5th January 2019, 11:01 by Nick Harris

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini says a motivated Samir Nasri can rediscover his best form with the Londoners.

The 31-year-old midfielder signed for the Hammers on a free transfer earlier this week after completing an 18-month doping ban.

Nasri was an unused substitute against Brighton in midweek and is expected to make his debut against Birmingham in the FA Cup on Saturday.

The Frenchman was an integral part of Pellegrini's title-winning Manchester City side in 2014 and the Chilean is confident he can hit the heights again.

"He has been training with us for a month, he is looking very well, he lost weight," said Pellegrini."And I think that football is like when you ride a bicycle when you are a small boy, you never forget.

"Samir is a very technical player and I am sure he will play in the same way as he did before. I trust in him a lot.

"I suppose because he knows that this is revenge for him, he is motivated, working hard and he has a lot of quality and I am absolutely sure he will be a player that makes a difference."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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