MEN: Nasri a happy chappy
- 05 September 2013 09:43
- Posted by @dclayton@mcfc
An international break and a closed transfer window do not make media round-ups very easy – there’s just not that much out there on days like this, but we’ve found one or two interesting snippets for you to digest.
The Manchester Evening News have picked up on Samir Nasri’s open, honest and at times frank interview in L’Equipe with the French star claiming he is feeling loved again since Manuel Pellegrini took charge of City, though he accepts he will need to bide his time as he battles for a first-team start.
Stuart Brennan writes: “Nasri is philosophical about being on the bench, adding: ‘The season is long and there will be matches every three days.
"He is philosophical about being on the bench, adding: 'The season is long and there will be matches every three days.
'I’m not afraid of competition – it makes it better. And ask Didier Deschamps. I’m not sure he will want players at the World Cup who play 70 games this season – it will take freshness. We’ll see.
This season, I’m really hungry. I have gone on as first replacement in every game
'Being a substitute does not worry me. I had a discussion with Pellegrini and I’ll see what happens. Anyway, his training sessions are really something! I will do anything he asks.
'He came to see me on the first day to tell me he was counting on me and I’d be a major player – that I’d play.
“We’ll see, I am not worrying about it. If I’m good, the coach will play me. He has just arrived and has an obligation to get results."
Meanwhile, The Daily Express suggest Joleon Lescott could be on the verge of a new deal. Speculation on his future has rumbled on all summer but he has played in all three of City’s Premier League games so far this season.
“Lescott said: ‘Most of my City career has been with pressure being put on by speculation. Nothing would please me more than to sign an extension.’”
Finally, Telegraph columnist Alan Hansen has revealed his favourite ever Premier League match. The Match of the Day pundit, who will retire after the 2014 World Cup found it an easy choice.
He writes: “When the game entered its final five minutes, you looked at the faces of the fans thought that Manchester United had won it the league up at Sunderland.
“It was the introduction of Edin Dzeko which changed everything for City, though.
“Once he was on the pitch, they had the option of chipping the ball into the air because he is such a great header of the ball and his equaliser turned the tide in City’s favour.
“From that point on, City needed one goal to win the league. Sergio Aguero did what he did and the rest is history.
“Arsenal’s title win was incredibly dramatic in 1989, but City’s triumph was better because they had to score twice in injury-time.”
Good choice, sir!