Frank Lampard. Steven Gerrard. David Villa.
As more and more aging superstars are choosing to close out their careers in Major League Soccer, 27-year-old Samir Nasri has voiced his desire to one day play in America.
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Despite having five years left on his contract at Manchester City, the French midfielder told the Daily Mail that after seeing Thierry Henry transition to MLS, he would like to make the move across the pond as well.
I would like to play MLS, not go back to France.
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 USA and everything about it.”
Nasri began playing at Marseille’s academy at the age of ten, and would go on to make over 150 appearances for the first-team before moving to Arsenal and eventually Manchester City.
After signing an extension with City in June, Nasri is locked up at the Etihad until he is 32. At that time, he will be right around that age when top-European players tend to make moves to MLS (Kaka is 32, David Villa is 33 and Steven Gerrard is 34).
While Nasri won’t be making a move to MLS in the imminent future, it is good to see players around the world talking about the prospects of playing in America. As more elite talent continues to play in Major League Soccer, the more the beautiful game will grow in this country.