Nasri not afraid of Man City competition

Samir Nasri believes the competition at Manchester City provided by Manuel Pellegrini’s new signings will make him a better player – and prepare him for the World Cup next summer, Sky Sports has reported.

Pellegrini has thus far brought four new players to the Etihad Stadium – midfielders Jesus Navas and Fernandinho and forwards Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo – and rather than being put off by the presence of Navas and Fernandinho, two rivals for midfield places, Nasri is relishing the challenge of getting in ahead of the new arrivals.

The competition for places at City doesn’t frighten me, it makes me better,” Nasri said. “I’m full of desire. I want to go to the World Cup and show everyone the real Samir Nasri.

The former Arsenal midfielder also admitted that he was not at his best last season as City failed to defend their Premier League title, giving up the crown to Manchester City by a hefty margin, but believes that his new mindset will reap rewards. “I’ve trained with this in mind. I’m much sharper and I feel better,” he said. “I have matured a great deal. I lost my way a bit last season, but I have found myself once again.

Nasri opened the season by scoring the fourth goal of City’s 4-0 win over Newcastle on Monday. The game’s other goals came from David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure.

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