Manchester City winger Samir Nasri has insisted that the club never closed the door on him despite speculation surrounding his future at the Etihad.

Pep Guardiola froze the Frenchman out of his first team squad earlier in the summer and he was asked to improve upon his fitness to get back into the new manager’s plans.

He has been widely speculated to be on his way out of Manchester City, with Besiktas reportedly in talks to sign him, but Nasri made a surprise return to the team yesterday against West Ham.

He came on as a second half substitute in Manchester City’s 3-1 win at the Etihad, and he admits that he has put in a lot of hard work to get back into the manager's first team plans.

The Frenchman stressed that the Citizens never asked him to leave the club, despite all the speculation surrounding his future at Manchester City.  


Nasri told SFR Sport: “It has been a good few weeks, as things have gone really well, and he [Guardiola] decided to call me up.

“I was short of form; I worked hard and focused on the game.

“The door was never closed for me.

“There has been much speculation, things that are true, and some others are false as they never showed the door to me.

“They just told me, ‘it all depends on your desire’.”

With a return to action, it seems Nasri could still have a future at Manchester City, but it remains to be seen whether he is still at the club on 1st September.