Marouane Chamakh: Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri are likely leaving the club
Written by Renzo on August 10, 2011 22:45
With the English Premier League set to kick-off this weekend, Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh revealed that midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri will most likely leave the Club this month.
Speaking to “Foot & Co”, a football discussion programme on L’Equipe TV, the Morocco International explained that manager Arsene Wenger is facing a difficult situation as he needs to replace two of the most important elements of the squad with the striker adding that money is not the main reason why the two want to leave.
The 27-year old confessed he is surprised that the Club let a player like Samir Nasri reach a stage where he only has one year left on his contract as this means having to let him go for free, next season.
According to BBC, captain Cesc Fabregas is close to signing for European champions Barcelona for a fee believed to be about £35m with reports suggesting that midfielder Samir Nasri is very close to Manchester City.
On the future of the two, Chamakh said:
I think both of them are likely leaving the club. It’s a difficult situation for manager [Arsene Wenger].
I don’t think it’s a matter of money for Fabregas or Samir. I think [Wenger] is looking for their successors and he hasn’t found them. I think before letting them go he wants to find the players to replace them.
That’s my opinion about the situation. The problem is the season starts this weekend, and it’s even more difficult for us.
I think in the situation the club was in, they could have let only one leave. Especially Cesc, he wants to leave for several seasons because he’s born in Barcelona.
But Samir is now in a situation where he has one year left on his contract, so if they don’t sell him this summer he will leave for free at the end of the season. Is the club ready to refuse a little bit more than €20m to keep a good player for one season?
It’s strange, at a club like Arsenal, that he’s now with one year left on his contract, that the club couldn’t make him sign a new contract before.