It’s looking increasingly likely that Samir Nasri’s time at the Etihad Stadium could be coming to an end.
The Frenchman is currently 29-years-old and had an injury plagued season last time out. Since Pep Guardiola took the reins at City, many new requirements and plans have been implemented into the squad’s nutrition and physical fitness routine. Nasri didn’t feature in any of the pre-season games and has reportedly been given a fitness ultimatum from Pep; lose some weight or don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
This is a difficult situation because Nasri is currently earning in the region of £130,000 per week which could deter potential suitors for his signature. Now, Roma are supposedly interested in signing a replacement for Miralem Pjanic and have their eyes on Nasri, but is he worth that kind of money?
The forward has only started 22 times and scored five goals for City in the past two years. Yes, a part of that is due to injury, but most of it is the fact that he’s just not the same player he used to be. If you look at his season statistics from the past few years, you notice that his performances aren’t good enough to warrant the salary he’s earning.
We are talking about one of our players who said that he was okay with not playing in the Champions League last season. Yes, this was also partly because of injury, but he was physically fit when he said that. Personally, I would be sad to see him go, but right now, I don’t see him winning us a trophy. Furthermore with Leroy Sané coming in this summer, could Pep see him as Nasri’s replacement? I think so. It seems like Nasri has recently been informed he is no longer wanted at the club and after being forced to train alone and miss out on the pre-season games, I’m not sure he would even want to stay.
Guardiola had faith in Samir and says he’s made lots of progress in the weight room and is close to the required weight in order to resume training with the squad. If there’s anyone that can realise a player’s full potential, it’s Pep. Samir has been putting in the effort and clearly wants to make a breakthrough to the starting lineup again, but I don’t think he’s good enough anymore. Not when he’s starring in rap videos involving himself and drugs in a limo. That kind of behavior is not going to stand with Pep.
This video featuring Samir Nasri is causing quite a stir. pic.twitter.com/AQbJC5JAVg
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Nasri knows this and if reports are to be believed, his agent has been given the go ahead to start reaching out to other clubs about a potential transfer. City want around £18 million for him and it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s wearing a different shirt when 1st September rolls around.
Written by Zach Mascarelli
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