Let’s face it; Samir Nasri has been a failed project for West Ham United these last five months or so.
Manuel Pellegrini took a chance on one of his former players and it simply backfired as he was rather useless when it came down to business.
Sure, there were elements of excitement when he was on the pitch, however, he did not offer those at the London Stadium too much to shout about.
The former France international midfielder showed glimpses of the quality that he possesses, however, it was just that; glimpses. To be honest, what more could be expected of the 31-year-old considering he had been out of football for 18 months because of a drug ban (Guardian).
Injuries also continued to plague the former Manchester City and Arsenal playmaker, limiting him to just five matches in the Premier League and becoming a rather irrelevant figure for the club as the season reached its conclusion.
However, it looked as though he may have done enough to convince the Hammers to give him a pay-as-you-play deal on significantly reduced terms from his present £75,000-a-week deal (Football Insider).
But, according to a report by Football Insider, it appears Nasri has decided to turn that down as he feels he can get better terms elsewhere.
Rejection can always be hard, however, West Ham must look at this as a blessing in disguise!
Sure, offering a player pay-as-you-play terms can have their benefits, as it could make him even more determined to do well and prove that he has what it takes to be in the squad on a consistent basis, however, it could also be rather detrimental to the club as a whole.
Say Nasri was to continue to be hampered by injuries, he might not be getting paid, but he has taken up a vital place in the squad list that the Hammers cannot benefit from.
The idea that he believes he can still earn around the same money that he currently on is also rather ludicrous and West Ham would clearly be better off spending that sum of cash on someone who would actually make a difference to the team week in and week out.
West Ham, let him walk this summer.
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