Manchester City executive Patrick Vieira has said he hopes to see Samir Nasri remain with the Premier League champions next season, according to Sky
City are likely to lose the title to Manchester United this season and although they could still win the FA Cup, with the final against relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic to come – the side’s failure to get past the group stage of the Champions League has made for a disappointing season at the Etihad Stadium. As a result, it is expected City will attempt to overhaul their squad, with Nasri a mooted departure.
Vieira, City’s football development executive, hopes his compatriot does not move on, but admits Nasri has not enjoyed his most impressive season. He said: “Samir could have done better. I think, he, himself, is disappointed with the level he played at for several different reasons. But in the end, he remains an important player for us.
“I hope he will stay. Time will tell. It’s important to build a team on the long term. Samir is a very good player, a young player and I hope he will stay with us for a long time.”
Vieira added that with City’s early exit from Europe and struggle to make a fight of the title race, it cannot be considered a successful year for the club. “Has this season been a success? No. The aim this season was to retain the title and do better in the Champions League so, no, you cannot say our season was a success,” Vieira said.
“We’re in the cup final so that is a good way of saving the season. But we had a team you would expect to do better. We could have done better.”
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