Roberto Mancini has said that he could ‘punch’ Samir Nasri because of his inconsistent performances for Manchester City this season.
The City boss was delighted with his £24million acquisition from Arsenal last season as he played a big part in helping the club lift the Premier League title.
However, the 25-year-old France international has struggled to hit those heights so far this term and that has left Mancini angry and critical of him on several occasions.
And following an inspired performance in Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium, Mancini admitted that his inability to produce that on a regular basis leaves him contemplating violence towards him.
He said: “I would like to give him a punch, because a player like him should play like this always.
“Every game. Maybe one game sometimes he can play badly.
“I don’t understand what was different. I can’t understand how a player with his quality doesn’t play like this every game.
“The second year is always difficult to win the title again. And sometimes the player can think it is enough to play 50 per cent. We’ve probably had this problem this year.”
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