Samir Nasri believes he still has an important role in the Manchester City team, despite reports suggesting the club are ready to listen to offers for him.
French newspaper L’Equipe ran a story claiming Citizens manager Roberto Mancini was open to letting the France international go this summer as they set about trying to retain their Premier League crown. However, Nasri claims that this is not the case and revealed he had received assurances from the City hierarchy regarding his future at the Etihad Stadium.“I spoke with Brian Marwood and everyone at the club and they want me to stay in Manchester,” he is quoted as saying in The Telegraph. The 23-year-old has been an integral member of the France team so far at Euro 2012, scoring the equaliser against England in their first Group D fixture and putting in an impressive performance in the 2-0 win over Ukraine last Friday. They face Sweden on Tuesday night in a fixture that will decide if they are to qualify as winners or runners-up in the group - they can still go out so will be wary to avoid repeating Russia's shock exit.
Nasri believes that this tournament should be utilised by France to help restore some of the pride in the national team that was lost at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where a group stage exit was compounded by a player revolt against then manager Raymond Domenech. “In France the image of the national team is really bad, so we've tried for two years to work on that,” he added. “It's now 23 games that we're unbeaten and we're trying to show everybody something different, that we are not just like players with huge egos and big heads. “We want to show that we are close to everyone and we understand the fans. We want to give them pleasure and we want to do something special.”
France have been tipped as dark horses to win the competition by many, but the 24-year-old insisted they are only trying to give their best and improve the image of the team. Nasri points out that the World Cup in two years will be where the real gauge of success can be made, but he does not rule out Les Blues surprising a few people this time around. "Winning it will be difficult. We are trying to build something to be ready for the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil. “But you never know what can happen in a big tournament. I don't think the fans have forgiven us already but we will do everything to be forgiven.”