Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he feels is what wise of Arsenal to sell Samir Nasri. The French international finally completed his move away from the Emirates this week after the Gunners accepted City’s £24million bid, which Fergie believes is good for a player on his final year of his contract.
Arsenal lost two of their star midfielders this summer with Cesc Fabregas leaving for Barcelona just weeks before Nasri’s departure, leading to criticism of manager Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners travel to Old Trafford on Sunday and United’s boss believes the time was right for Nasri to be sold.
“We are all in the same boat,” said Ferguson.
“When a player gets to the last two years of his contract you have an issue. One: you persuade him to sign a new contract. Two: he doesn’t want to sign a new contract. Three: When he gets to that last year it is almost inevitable you have a problem.
“We have had issues at times with players getting into the last year. We are not alone.
“When a player is not going to sign a contract you can threaten to keep him for another year and not get anything for him or capitalise and get the money.
“It is sensible to take the money.”