Samir Nasri, 29, is set to be the first big name casualty of Pep Guardiola’s reign at Manchester City.
The former French international reportedly returned to pre-season training overweight and has since been training on his own to regain his fitness ahead of the new season. He wasn’t included in Sunday’s 2 – 3 defeat to Arsenal in Gothenburg, suggesting that the strict regime imposed on the player hasn’t been entirely successful.
Guardiola reported that the weight gain and injuries Nasri suffered last season were linked and wanted to avoid a repeat of that scenario. Nasri made just eight appearances for City last season.
However, he has decided that Nasri is surplus to requirements following the release of a video shot during his summer holiday in the USA which suggested that the Frenchman was glamourizing drugs. It was a step too far for the Spaniard and the decision has been taken to release the midfielder after he was seen riding in a limousine next to what seemed to be bags of marijuana.
It’s a long way from the time when Gilles Grimandi described his compatriot as “a student of the game who lives for football”.
Serie A clubs Milan, Internazionale and Roma are all interested in signing Nasri with City willing to listen to offers of around £18m.
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