Register Login Scores


Mouthy Nasri

After his star showing against Newcastle United, Samir Nasri should probably have been advised to hold his tongue, and let his football speak for itself.

The mercurial Frenchman has found game time hard to come by at Manchester City, and his start against the Magpies was a rarity in a season in which he has not been at his best.

City manager Roberto Mancini joked about the frustration Nasri has caused him this season, after the 25-year-old was so scintillating at the weekend.

"I would like to give him a punch, because a player like him should play like this always. I can't understand [why] sometimes a player with his quality doesn't play like today every game," Mancini said.

That should have been another sign to Nasri to buckle down, and prove his doubters wrong game after game, even if his revival will come too late to save City’s title defence.

But instead, Nasri has given an interview that is unlikely to please anyone, from his old club Arsenal to his current boss at City.

Starting with Arsenal, who he left in a £24million move in 2011, Nasri says that chairman Stan Kroenke virtually forced him out in order to make some money.

"[Arsenal manager Arsene] Wenger told me that, if Cesc [Fabregas] left, I would stay but Kroenke wanted the money. The coach told me we'll only take Gervinho, Cesc was already gone, I had only one year left so I decided to leave," Nasri told beIN Sport.

Then, having suggested he was essentially forced out, Nasri claimed to have left Arsenal for “sporting reasons.”

“I do not have regrets, I do not regret joining Manchester City. I want to play and perform. My departure from Arsenal was purely for sporting reasons," he said.

"I don't regret leaving Arsenal. I won the league while Arsenal have difficulty finishing fourth."

Nasri- who has been linked with a move away from City at the end of the season- has also burned his bridges a little with Mancini.

He refutes his manager’s claims about his patchy form, and also suggests that the Italian does not measure up to Wenger.

"I am aware that I have not had a good season. There are many reasons. But when Mancini said that I'm training at 50%, this is not true,” he said.

"Wenger is the best coach I've worked with. I only regret not having more discussions with Arsène Wenger when I left.

"He's the one who understood me the most and made me the player I am. I'm thankful." 

Is Nasri finished at the Etihad?

Nasri: It Was Revenge


Top 5

Hunt’s U-Turn As Surprise Chippa Exit Looms?

22 Sep 13, 2021 04:09 PM in Siyagobhoza

12 Players Who Still Don't Have Clubs

10 Sep 02, 2021 12:30 PM in International

Club Wants To Sign Messi?

1 Sep 17, 2021 02:27 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Messi Unhappy In Paris?

20 Sep 16, 2021 06:30 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Dr Drip: Doc Khumalo’s PUMA Swag

39 Sep 16, 2021 09:34 AM in Drip, Style & Swag

The 10 Richest African Footballers, Past Or Present

5 Sep 15, 2021 08:26 PM in African Football

Defender Leaves Chiefs, Joins New Club

66 Sep 13, 2021 04:40 PM in DSTVPEP

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

21 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Kapinga Latest From Downs…

16 Sep 13, 2021 11:04 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

25 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Why Mabasa Is A Finisher And Not A Substitute

22 Sep 13, 2021 12:51 PM in Orlando Pirates