Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has insisted that he is ready to step up to the mark next season and fight to remain in City boss Manuel Pellegrini’s first-team plans after the Etihad Stadium outfit announced the double signing of Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph earlier in the week.
The France international netted the only goal as City beat sister club Melbourne City 1-0 in a pre-season friendly on Saturday. However, following the signings of Sterling and Delph from Liverpool and Aston Villa respectively – the former for a record fee of £49 million – Pellegrini would not give Nasri any assurances about his position in the team.
City are not believed to be looking to sell the 28-year-old – who put pen to paper on a four-year contract extension last year – and have not received any offers for the player, but his place in the strating eleven is certainly more vulnerable than ever following the club’s recent acquisitions.
However, Nasri has welcomed the signings, believing they will add healthy competition to the City squad.
“If you want to be competitive, you have to have good players and a good bench as well,” he said.
“They can buy anyone they want. If you want to play, you have to perform in training. When you get some games, you have to take the opportunity.
“I have never been scared of anyone and it is not today that I am going to be scared of anyone. The only way we will improve is buying players like Raheem and Fabian. They are a good additions for the squad.
“Raheem is one of the hottest prospects in world football. Delph is a box-to-box midfielder and we need both of them. I think what the club has done this year is really smart. But you have to fight for your place every time.”