I didn’t play well for eight months, admits Man City’s Samir Nasri

Samir Nasri admits he has not performed for Manchester City for long spells this season and "agreed" with the criticism aimed his way

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Samir Nasri sealed a £25m move to Manchester City in 2011 Photo: Football.ua/Wikimedia

Samir Nasri admits he has not performed for Manchester City for long spells this season and “agreed” with the criticism aimed his way by Roberto Mancini.

The French midfielder’s poor form in the early stages of the season consigned him to a place on the bench, with Nasri having only started 21 league games for the Citizens this term.

Mancini publicly hit out at the 25-year-old playmaker as he struggled to recreate the form that earned him a £25m transfer to City from Arsenal in the summer of 2011.

But Nasri, who has improved in recent weeks, insists he is his own harshest critic and says he understands Mancini’s criticism.

“I know if I’ve played well or if I’ve played s*** and, for eight months, I wasn’t good,” Nasri told the Times. “I didn’t deserve to be in the national team.

“So I understand what the manager was saying because it must be frustrating when you have a quality player and he doesn’t perform and you don’t know why because you try to play him there; play him there, but he still doesn’t perform.

“I didn’t take it [the criticism] wrongly. He is the manager, he can say whatever he wants. I agreed with him.”

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