Samir Nasri makes first appearance since flaunting ‘fuller figure’ in retirement

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Former Arsenal, Manchester City and West Ham star Samir Nasri has posted an update to his 700,000 Instagram followers after showing off his fuller figure as part of a Marseille legends side in October.

The 34-year-old, who won two Premier League titles and the League Cup after swapping north London for Manchester, had spells with Sevilla, West Ham and Anderlecht before calling time on his career.

Once adored for his agility and dribbling ability, Nasri wasn't quite as nimble during his recent charity fixture against a UNICEF side, in which he played alongside Didier Drogba and Djibril Cisse.

Fans enjoyed the fact that Nasri had seemed to be enjoying his retirement, and he has now posted an Instagram update of another benefit of no longer having to be so disciplined.

Nasri called his upload: "La Familia." And it features him and six others having a meal at a restaurant – fittingly – while posing for the camera.

After photos of his new look during the recent friendly fixture were released, one fan had said on Twitter: "Samir Nasri is currently playing in a friendly with Marseille. Seems to be enjoying retirement."

With a second adding: "Honestly thought that picture of Samir Nasri was fake."

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The playmaker had made 41 appearances for France between 2007 and 2013, but his career was hampered by a doping ban for breaching WADA rules in December 2016.

Nasri was given a six-month ban after receiving an intravenous drip of 500 millilitres of water containing nutrients, and the ban was later increased by an extra 12 months.

Although he did return to play for West Ham in 2018, Nasri admits that the ban played a part in his retirement after failing to rediscover his best form.

"An incident really hurt me and changed my relationship with football: my suspension. I found it more than unfair as I didn't take any drugs," he told Le Journal du Dimanche.

Nasri continued: "After that [leaving Anderlecht], I didn't necessarily have the motivation anymore.

"No challenge really suited me. And I couldn't see myself coming back to France if it wasn't at OM."

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