Samir Nasri has risked upsetting his manager by claiming that Arsene Wenger is the best boss he has played for.
Roberto Mancini is unlikely to be impressed with Nasri’s comments especially as he feels that the Frenchman has let the club down this season with many below par performances.
Nasri has failed to live up to expectations following his £25m from Arsenal at the start of last season. He showed little of the flair and creativity that he had made him one of the Gunner’s best players in previous years.
Nasri has continued to disappoint
However as City won the league, Nasri’s form was not heavily scrutinised. This season he has continued to disappoint. Teammates such as David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure have not quite hit the heights that they did last season. City fans might have hoped that Nasri would step up and take on more responsibility.
It hasn’t happened and Nasri has only played 12 league games all season. His most memorable moment so far was when he ducked out of the way of a Robin van Persie free kick which gave rivals United a late winner.
Mancini has accused the midfielder of not working hard enough and even said that he was only playing at half his ability. Mancini has been so frustrated with Nasri that even after the Frenchman put in a match winning performance against Newcastle, the City boss said that he wanted to punch him for not playing like that more often.
Nasri hit back at Mancini
Nasri didn’t take kindly to his boss’ comments and hit back. He said: “When Mancini said that I’m training at 50 per cent, this is not true. I felt comfortable against Newcastle. It’s been a time that I feel good. I am aware that I did not have a good season. There are many reasons. I always had confidence.”
In a thinly veiled criticism of Mancini, Nasri claimed his former boss was the best he has played for. He said of Wenger: “This is the greatest coach with whom I worked, who understood me the most and with whom I had the greatest affinity. I communicated a lot with him, he made me aware of my qualities and I am very grateful.”
Nasri’s comments are unlikely to endear him to the City supporters who are still behind Mancini despite their relatively disappointing season.