Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has told Samir Nasri to maintain his fine early season form or face being dropped.
The French international has made a bright start to the 2013/14 campaign, which he capped with a goal in the Sky Blues’ 4-1 derby demolition of Manchester United.
Nasri has often struggled since his move to the Etihad Stadium from Arsenal, with inconsistent form seeing him drift in and out of the first-team under former chief Robert Mancini.
Pellegrini has revealed that he is a big fan of the 26-year-old, but has called on him to maintain his current level of performance to keep a spot in the staring XI:
“I talk often with him because I know he can be a big player,” he is quoted by The Express.
“I don’t talk about what happened in the past; but at this moment Nasri is playing very well.
“I am always wanting that level of performance from him. He knows he must play the way I know he can. If he doesn’t, maybe we have another choice [to make].
“But Nasri is absolutely committed with the team, with me, with all the other players. So we will be happy if we see a great Nasri the whole year.
“He has great technical quality. He works the whole game a lot, not just the last 25 minutes. He’s a very creative and classy player.”
Nasri has proved himself to be adequate cover for David Silva, who has been sidelined through injury for the last four games.
He has plenty of competition for a starting spot, with new arrival Stevan Jovetic having impressed in the Capital One Cup earlier this week.
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