The Frenchman admits that he will walk away from the club if he is no longer needed but believes Manuel Pellegrini’s men have the potential to progress in Champions League
Samir Nasri has admitted that he could leave Manchester City if he is deemed surplus to requirements.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side travel to Roma on Tuesday for City’s must-win Champions League fixture against the Serie A outfit, which could lead to the Chilean’s dismissal if the Citizens fail to progress to the knockout stages.
The 27-year-old has backed his team-mates to progress at the Stadio Olimpico, but has stated that he will leave the Etihad Stadium if he is no longer wanted. He told BeIn Sports: “I do not know if I will leave the club. If they come to me and they tell me to pack my bags, I will leave.”
The club were knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona in the Round of 16 last season and Nasri knows that it will be the players’ responsibility to produce a result, not just the manager.
“If we play our game, we will win against Roma. The greatest risk is to play with pressure and to have this apprehension. If we dont ask questions, and we play our game, then we will do it. We have more qualities.
“If we are eliminated from the Champions League, this is not the fault of the coach, it is the players who are on the pitch”, he added.
The player has backed himself to compete at the top level – either with City or another club – but has defended his decision to retire from international football, saying playing for his native France “does not make him happy”.
He said: “I retired, it is not a question of age. It is a question of feeling. Today, it’s sad to say, but the France team does not make me happy. Of course, I responded to the provocations of a journalist, there was also the story of a bus in 2008 (with Gallas and Henry). But I was more abused than someone who went on strike in 2010. I am a human, I have an ego and a personality.
Nasri has also backed former international team-mate Franck Ribery after he suffered a similar fate despite returning to play for France.
“I understand Franck [Ribery]. He was dragged through the mud after what happened in 2010. He then turned to France for two years and when he is injured, it is said that France is better without him. It’s hard to accept for a player like him.”