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Sky Sports: Nasri happy in Manchester

  • 08 March 2014 08:05
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It’s a bit grey in Manchester this morning, but it appears Samir Nasri is happy rain or shine.

Quotes from the Frenchman at Sky Sports, via L’Equipe, reveal he sees no reason to leave the Etihad Stadium, where he hopes to win the Champions League one day.


Samir is quoted as saying: "Talks? I know they are planned," he told L'Equipe.

"The officials called my agent to tell him we have to talk. Then, we will see.

"The objective is to win the Champions League in a few years' time.

"But when you are happy somewhere, I can't see why you should have to change scene."

Mr Pharrell Williams would certainly approve…

(My apologies to anyone who now has Happy stuck in their head and will be singing it for the rest of the day.)

Elsewhere, it’s a bit of an Uwe Rosler-fest in this morning’s papers.

The former City man returns to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday as a manager, bringing a Wigan side keen to cause a cup upset, and he can expect a fantastic reception from the loyal Blue faithful.

Luckily for you, we’ve got an exclusive interview with the man himself right here. What more could you want, eh?

One man who won’t be letting the sentiment get to him is Wigan skipper, Emmerson Boyce, who is keen to take advantage of any wandering minds that may be contemplating the next fixture against Barcelona.

The Mirror quote him as saying: "They've got a Champions League game the following Wednesday, so you never know if their minds will be elsewhere.

"We've managed to get a lot of momentum now and, although we know it'll be a tough game at Manchester City, we will be ready for it.

"At the end of the day, you want to play against the best players - and what bigger stage than to go to Manchester City against the quality players they've got?"

Sorry to tell you Emmerson, but Manuel Pellegrini and Vincent Kompany have recently emphasised it’s one game at a time here in Manchester…

However, speaking of Barcelona, here’s Fernandinho. The Brazilian has explained how City forced Barcelona to “rattle” the ball – which, according to the Guardian means to ‘get rid of it carelessly’ or perhaps in slightly harsher tones ‘hoof’.

The Brazilian term sounds a bit nicer, if you ask me…

Fernandinho told the Guardian: "We [City] had them [the Catalan side] worried. We managed to put them under pressure and there were situations in which the Barcelona guys didn't feel confident to try to use their passing game. They were rattling the ball to where their noses were pointing. We rattled them.

"Barcelona built a respectable advantage and they are a tough team to beat at home. But we need to try. We might not get out of there with qualification for the next round, but it will be quite important to leave Spain at least with our heads held high."

City’s summer recruit also spoke about his relationship with Yaya Toure, explaining: "Yaya and I from the start had to talk a lot to work out our roles. These days we kind of just play it by ear. We know where each other is going to be." 

You can read the full interview here.

That’s about all for today, but join us tomorrow same time, same place for more press cuttings!

CITY v WIGAN: Tickets still remain for this weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final with Wigan Athletic – can the Blues return to Wembley by beating former City idol Uwe Rosler's side and press on towards a third FA Cup final in four years? Don’t miss the chance to welcome back the 2014 League Cup winners and cheer on Manuel Pellegrini’s side in the battle between England’s two current domestic cup holders.


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