Former Arsenal midfielder, Samir Nasri, reckons he’s the perfect player for Pep Guardiola when he finally joins Manchester City in the summer and claims he’s going to have a ‘chat’ with the Bayern Munich man to prove his ‘hunger’.
Nasri has only just returned from a lengthy hamstring injury and although he scored against West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday, his comments do make him appear as if he’s getting a bit ahead of himself. What a surprise.
“I don’t know because you never know,” he said to the Guardian.
“Maybe he comes with his [own] ideas and stuff. I played against him in the past, he had some praise for me but I think that was like five years ago now [when at Arsenal]. That is one thing.
“When the pre-season is going to start I am going to be fresh so I hope that will help me and I will try to perform because when you have been out for so long you are more hungry when you come back. You don’t want to waste your time. You want to be back with a bang. If I stay working with Pep Guardiola, if he wants me, he’s just going to be a lucky man because I will be really hungry.
“I am the type of player for his philosophy and the way he likes his team to play so we are just going to see and on the first day of pre-season I will have a chat with him because I am going to be really hungry.”
Nasri is the type of player who believes in himself more than anyone else does. This isn’t to say he’s a poor player, far from it, but considering the type of player Pep is used to working with, I wouldn’t be so quick to assume that he’s going to walk straight into the team if I were him.
I have no doubt there will be a shake-up at City when Pep joins. Whether Nasri will be a first team player after this remains to be seen.