Nasri has endured a frustrating season which has seen him fail to hold down a first team place, playing second fiddle to David Silva in a very talented midfield at the Etihad Stadium.
There has been plenty of speculation that he’s a target for French money bags Paris Saint-Germain, who want to sign a higher ratio of French players to retain their identity in the French capital.
That would have undoubtedly left City weaker but now Didier Deschamps has called Nasri back into the French national squad, it means he doesn’t have to go back home to play football for his country.
A lot of international managers around the world maintain that to be considered for your country, the majority of the time you have to be playing football in that very country to get selected.
It would have been one of the issues in the back of Nasri’s mind because he’s played a major role at recent big international tournaments for France and he would have wanted that status in his own country back again.
Now that Roberto Mancini has left the club, Nasri has a new opportunity when the next manager is appointed. It could work out better for City because he can focus and work very hard at the club over thinking about his future.
It’s a big chance for Nasri in friendly matches against Uruguay and Brazil to show that he’s still one of the best middle men in France, which will also aid his chances of becoming a more prominent midfielder at City.
It’s saved a lot of upheaval because Nasri may have already been planning for a summer if going back and forth to France, trying to work out a deal and trying to work out how he’s going to move his life back home.
He’s spent a lot of time in the Premier League since he first moved to Arsenal under Arsene Wenger and for him mentally, he won’t have any reason to doubt the league any more.
Deschamps has done City a huge favour at a time when they are low following Mancini’s sacking.
Despite the fact Nasri remains a very young man, he may even have had lingering doubts that his days of playing for France were finished with a good young generation of midfielders coming up.
If that was the case, this news has the ability to completely change his mindset. It will make him more energetic, more determined and more willing to work very hard for both club and country over the summer and heading into next season.
Furthermore, City don’t need to think about selling him and the only concern should be extending his contract beyond the summer 2015 mark.
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