Nasri admits the presence of former City teammate Vincent Kompany as player-manager was key.
"We had a good relationship with City," said the Frenchman. “He was of course there for a while when I arrived and it helped that we speak the same language.
"The sporting project and the fact that I can collaborate with a friend thereby made the difference.
“I've always had a lot of respect for him and his position doesn't change that."