Samir Nasri has been linked with leaving Manchester City for Inter Milan. But one appointment could stop that move dead in it's tracks...
When Mancini was sacked by the former Premier League champions, the main reason for it seemed to be that he’d lost the dressing room, with a squad full of players who didn’t respect him at the club.
There have been several links throughout the season suggesting one or two City players as possible targets for Inter Milan, which will now be impossible if Mancini is their next boss.
One, Samir Nasri, was very critical of Mancini when he left the club and that makes any sense in Nasri going to a Mancini led Inter Milan very difficult to understand.
“Every single player has an ego so maybe to touch the ego of the player so that he can have a positive reaction – that’s what happened with me. But maybe it doesn’t work with everyone,” said Nasri according to the Daily Mail.
If Mancini is confirmed as the next Inter boss, it should be a big boost to the fans because Nasri remains one of the best midfielders at the club.
He seems to have been challenged last season by Mancini and didn’t want to get involved with the mind games, which saw him confined to the subs bench and under used.
Another player who has been linked with Inter Milan, and Serie A in general, in the past is key striker Carlos Tevez.
There’s about as much chance of that happening as world peace at the moment, especially when you consider that night away at Bayern Munich when Tevez refused to warm up as a substitute.
Mancini completely degraded Tevez in the aftermath of that incident, implying that he didn’t have a future under him or the club and ever since that relationship has been very strained.
The main criticism Tevez seemed to aim at Mancini is that his tactics were poorly thought out and predominantly negative.
At the time City were losing that Champions League match 2-0 and Tevez ripped into his boss for putting a defender on over himself. Maybe it was an ego thing but the forward does have a point.
It would take some sort of dramatic transformation for Tevez to now leave the Etihad and move to the San Siro to play for a manager that he doesn’t seem to have any sort of respect for.
That is another positive for City, as they will retain one of their best strikers and someone who forms a very good partnership with Sergio Aguero in attack.
If a manager loses the dressing room, that’s it. If you lose the respect of your players then you can’t expect any of those players to follow you, especially the ones with the big character and the egos.
Would you be surprised to see any players join a Mancini led Inter Milan?
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