Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Nasri disappointed by Mancini remarks

Samir Nasri conceded he has had a poor season with champions Manchester City

Samir Nasri has reacted with disappointment to Roberto Mancini's quip that he wanted to "punch" the French midfielder due to his inconsistency.

Former Arsenal player Nasri has struggled to string together impressive displays for last season's champions and City manager Mancini expressed his frustration over Nasri after the crushing 4-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday. Mancini was widely quoted as saying: "I would like to give him a punch. Because a player like him should play like this always."

Mancini also said he felt some City players were only playing at 50% of their ability this season. Speaking to French sports broadcaster beIN Sport, Nasri said: "Mancini has shown a little proof of bad faith when he said he wanted to punch me."

The France international continued: "I've not had a good season, I know it, I'm aware of that. I am the first to be self-critical.

"But it's not true that I'm playing at 50%.

"I think the coach still doesn't handle English very well and sometimes uses expressions that aren't really suitable."

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