|Desc||Samir Nasri, a star forward with Spanish club Sevilla and the French national team|
|Org||France National Team|
|Club as Player||Anderlecht|
|West Ham United|
2013 08 17 Retrieve
[Samir Nasri on himself] I did not show a professional attitude at EURO 2012. But I didn’t kill anybody. Worse things happened in 2010. I have been given a second chance. I had not been called up for a year and feared I might not get a second chance. It hurt a lot watching all of France’s matches
2013 11 05 Retrieve
[Samir Nasri on Paul Scholes] Great player, world class player. The English Zizou
2014 03 08 Retrieve
[Samir Nasri on Yaya Toure] I’m tired [of talking] about Yaya. You should know now [how good he is]. If he wasn’t African everyone will say he’s the best midfielder in the world. He can do everything, he can score goals, he can defend, he can attack. When he gets the ball he is so powerful. Of course it counts against him being from Ivory Coast. If he was Argentinian or Brazilian everyone would be talking about him. Tell me one defensive midfielder who can go forward like him who can score 16 or 17 goals in a season. Tell me one and then we can talk
2014 11 29 Retrieve
[Samir Nasri on Sergio Aguero] This year he has been unbelievable. When he’s one on one with the keeper, you don’t see him miss the target. The stats speak for themselves. On his day he’s unstoppable. He always delivers in a difficult moment Ronaldo may be on another planet, but he is up there with Messi and Suarez
2015 02 14 Retrieve
[French midfielder Samir Nasri explains why he does not always have a great reputation with the public] From time to time, I’m a jerk. Sometimes it is better to buckle but it is something I can’t do. I managed when I was younger and sometimes I went home with a knot in my stomach. Afterwards, you go off, but not with the right person. I’d therefore prefer to say everything I think, even if it means I’m not liked, even if it means I sound arrogant. At least the folk I do like don’t have to suffer
2016 11 19 Retrieve
[Samir Nasri explains why manager Pep Guardiola has imposed certain restrictions on his Manchester City players during the current campaign] For him, his players’ sexual activity must take place before midnight in order to get a good night sleep – even if they are free tomorrow. He told us this is how he managed to get the best out of Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski, and for them to avoid the maximum number of muscular injuries
2017 03 16 Retrieve
[Sevilla midfielder Samir Nasri has branded Jamie Vardy a cheater. Nasri has accused the England striker of making the most of the confrontation and believes he conned referee Daniele Orsato into sending him off] For me he’s a cheat because if he was a foreign player you, the English press, would be saying he’s a cheat. For me he is a cheat
They were winning 2-0, play the game like a man. You are not better than us but you are winning 2-0 and will qualify, just play the game. For an international player you don’t need to do that. Look at the image. Yes he did it, but he did it well.
He played it well. I thought the English players were tougher than that. He is the one who came to my face.
I’m surprised but I should have thought about it and not reacted but I’m a man. I see the whole thing, coming out of the Champions League which is a big blow for us. It was just a reaction. It was a foul or something and then he pushed me and I said ‘what are you doing?’ and then he came to my face. That’s what happened
[And the France international, who needed to be escorted off the pitch by team-mates, wanted to confront Vardy after the game] If I tell the truth I don’t think you will be able to write it. I would love to speak to him (but there are) too many cameras and security and I have to think about next year and not getting a big suspension
2019 01 12 Retrieve
[Samir Nasri speaks about signing for West Ham United] I had some really tough moments when I was really down. I’m a guy who, mentally, I’m really strong, but for maybe the first time in my life, I cried about my career because I thought it was over. But now, coming back to the most competitive league in the world, with a team full of ambition with a manager that I know, and with a stadium like this. Man! It’s the best job in the world!
2019 12 24 Retrieve
[Former Manchester City star Samir Nasri says he would prefer to play alongside Riyad Mahrez over Mohamed Salah, with Liverpool’s superstar forward considered to be an individual player] Between Mahrez and Salah, I would prefer to work alongside Mahrez. Why? Because he is Algerian and I also like his style of play. Mahrez is a collective player, while Salah is much more an individual player. He only aspires to score goals. I wouldn’t say Salah is selfish, but he runs after goals and statistics. Mahrez, meanwhile, you can play one-two with him. He is a player with whom you can easily develop
2020 04 21 Retrieve
[Anderlecht midfielder Samir Nasri has denied going AWOL during the coronavirus lockdown] It makes no sense. It’s limited to a rant that I want to do. Where did you see someone disappear? Because that is what I thought I saw or heard saying: someone who has disappeared or no longer gives any sign of life. I speak to the chief medical officer every day. He is the one who sends me the sessions I have to do, I also speak with Vincent Kompany
2020 04 21b Retrieve
[Samir Nasri says Guardiola would be a better fit than Deschamps] I am happy that [France] won the 2018 World Cup, but there are some flaws. [Deschamps] can construct three teams of a very, very good level and I have the right not to like it. Look, I have friends who play for the national team. They deserved to win the World Cup, but put [Pep] Guardiola in [charge of] the French team and you will see how they will play. We would enjoy it
I don’t understand why Benzema did not play at Euro 2016 or the 2018 World Cup. I don’t understand why I did not participate in the 2014 World Cup. I also don’t understand why Hatem Ben Arfa was not selected for Euro 2016 after his season with Nice
2020 04 21b Retrieve
[Samir Nasri on himself] From time to time, I’m a jerk. I’d therefore prefer to say everything I think, even if it means I’m not liked, even if it means I sound arrogant and a little pr*ck
2020 05 05 Retrieve
[Nasri reveals how Sampaoli recruited him] Sampaoli wanted me so much that he said to me: ‘Come to us, you can drink, go to a club, do whatever you want, and I will cover for you in front of the club, I’m just asking you to be good on the field at the weekend,’. Sampaoli was so crazy he even wanted to watch my dog so that I could go out on weekends.
[Nasri added that he was in awe of Sampaoli’s motivational skills] It gave me chills when listening to Sampaoli’s speeches in the dressing room, and I did not understand Spanish!
[Nasri explained that he was receiving a legal vitamin injection in Los Angeles but he was given too much of the substance] What happened in Los Angeles ruined my season. It was a vitamin injection, legal and I had a prescription. The clinic injected me with much more product than expected