Premier League club Manchester City have confirmed that French midfielder Samir Nasri will leave the club in this summer transfer window.
Manager, Pep Guardiola has confirmed that the player is likely to depart from the club despite performing well in the club’s pre-season tour and also in City’s 3-0 win over league rivals Tottenham Hotspurs in Nashville this past Saturday, where Nasri came off the bench for the last 30 minutes.
Nasri, spent the last season out on loan at La Liga club Sevilla FC, where he made a total of 23 appearances, despite being disrupted by injury and an anti-doping investigation of which he still awaiting results.
Manager Pep Guardiola also revealed in a recent press conference that he wanted to keep Nasri on the team last season before he left off for Spain.
“We wanted to keep him last preseason but he decided to go to Sevilla. I like to work with the guys who want to work with us. I saw him in these three games and his spirit in the training sessions. Still, I’m waiting for a bad performance.”- Guardiola stated.
But despite all of this, Guardiola has somehow failed to recognize the former Arsenal midfielder’s talent and has done little to encourage the player to stay in the club.
Guardiola said that Nasri knows what the club’s current situation is and also claims that the squad has a lot of midfield players right now, so they will assess the French midfielder’s situation in the near future.
Guardiola added: “It is like Mangala. That’s a decision they have to take with their managers, but we take care of them when they are here, just like we take care of every player, from Brahim Diaz to Vincent Kompany.”
With the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Yaya Toure, David Silva and new signings Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan in the City squad, it will be really difficult for Nasri to break into Guardiola’s first team.
Alongside Nasri, another player who is also set to leave the club is Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho who will join The Foxes, Leicester City.
Guardiola has confirmed that the player will leave the club as The Foxes have signed him for a total of £25 million transfer fee.