Behind the scenes: Nasri's arrival
- Thu 25 Aug 2011, 9:29AM
- Posted by David Clayton
There was frantic activity going on at the Etihad Stadium in preparation for Samir Nasri's arrival on Wednesday.
With fans and photographers gathering outside Samir arrives and is taken into the offices of City@Home by Chief Communications Officer Vicky Kloss - not before he gives the thumbs up to former France team-mate Patrick Vieira who was on hand to ensure everything ran smoothly.
When you're smiling, the whole world smiles with you - as the song goes. Samir is a happy and very sociable lad who is going to prove a massive hit with the City fans and staff alike. Finally about to put pen to paper with the Blues, he enters CEO Garry Cook's office to complete the formalities.
At last, after months of rumours and several weeks of negotiations, Samir pens a four-year deal with City with Brian Marwood. Let the good times roll and now we can start dreaming of a new Holy Trinity to maybe rival the Bell, Lee and Summerbee era if Messrs Aguero, Nasri and Silva combine their mouth-watering talents.
Now a Manchester City player, the Blues' new No.19 goes to have a look around the Etihad Stadium - now his home ground - but first, there was a Tom Cruise-style marathon signing session with the fans who had waited patiently for hours. Samir made sure he signed autographs and had pictures taken with everyone around the perimeter to the Colin Bell Stand.
One more final shot for the nation's media before entering the stadium for a tour and an exclusive interview for the Club website.
There was still time to take one very important call from City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak who welcomed Samir to the Club. Sentiments echoed by everyone at MCFC. Onwards and forwards, Mr Nasri!