Samir Nasri believes Yaya Toure is underrated outside Manchester City, and not given the respect he deserves because he is African, reports the Telegraph.

Nasri believes his teammate would be hailed as the best midfielder in the world if he was from Brazil or Argentina.

Toure scored another spectacular goal to turn the Capital One Cup in City’s favour on Sunday, and Nasri believes he is always ignored in the global Player of the Year awards because he is from the Ivory Coast, rather than a more-established football nation.

“If he wasn’t African everyone will say he’s the best midfielder in the world,” Nasri said after winning his first English cup final.

“He can do everything, he can score goals, he can defend, he can attack.

“When he gets the ball he is so powerful. You should just admire the way he plays because he’s a great player.

” I might be a bit biased because he’s my friend, but for me he’s in the top three midfielders in the world.

“Of course it counts against him being from Ivory Coast. If he was Argentinian or Brazilian everyone will talk about him, everyone.

“You have some Brazilians or Argentinians, I don’t want to say anything wrong, but just because they are from this country you pay £40 million or £50  million for them.

“A guy like Yaya, he’s won every trophy, he is always there.

“Tell me one defensive midfielder who can go forward like him who can score 16 or 17 goals in a season?”

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