Samir Nasri has spoken of the problems that plagued him last season, the
Nasri adds that he was also disturbed by the breakdown in his relationship with the French press due to the struggles of the national team – and that he felt he couldn’t share his problems with anyone, not even his parents. But Nasri absolved Mancini of blame, taking responsibility for the way he handled the matter.
“Everything he was saying was difficult for me to accept. It wasn’t his fault, it was just me because I wasn’t in a good place,” Nasri said of Mancini, who at one point joked he felt like punching the former Arsenal midfielder because of his inconsistent form.
“I wasn’t feeling myself. It was a tough season,” Nasri continued. “After the Euro Championships and a beef with the French journalists, for months I refused to speak to anybody and had a lot of bad press in France and I wasn’t involved in the national team.
“It was a little difficult. In my head, I wasn’t the same. I didn’t play well for City and lost my spot in the squad and, at the end of the year, you look at your season and you realise, ‘I was not myself’.”
He went on: “So you spend all the time thinking. Sometimes when you do mistakes, you don’t want to admit it. That was my biggest mistake. Keeping things to yourself is never good.
“So I talked to the people I love and I decided to smile and be happy and do what I do best – playing football, and that is it. As a player, as a person, I grew up a lot. I know my mistakes now, and I know what to do to make it right.”
Nasri joined City from Arsenal in 2011, with City paying the Gunners £25m for the services of the former Marseille playmaker. The 26-year-old made 125 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 27 goals, and has 13 goals in 99 games for the Blues.
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