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‘Way Past His Prime’ ‘Total Waste Of Money’ – West Ham Fans React As Banned Star Gets Chance To Prove Himself

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Samir Nasri will be training with the first-team squad until the end of the year.

The Frenchman is currently serving an 18-month doping ban which comes to an end in December. Contract talks reportedly stalled with the former Manchester City player earlier this month but Pellegrini says he’s hopeful that a deal could be done in January if the midfielder proves his fitness:

“We will see. Samir Nasri is working with us after a long ban. We are giving him a hand to return to football.

“I hope that from now until the end of the year he will be fit and if that is the case we will try to keep him here at West Ham.”

Nasri was spotted in training on Wednesday, and many fans on Twitter are hoping that Declan Rice is given a new deal ahead of the 31-year-old:

The former France international is reportedly going to be offered £60,000 a week for a six-month contract at the London Stadium if he manages to get into shape.

In stark contrast, the Hammers are reportedly unwilling to give Rice more than £20,000 a week as a basic wage, although after a certain number of appearances, that could rise to £40,000.

The likes of Manchester United and Chelsea are believed to be interested in Rice if he doesn’t sign a new deal at West Ham.