Samir Nasri had a difficult time of it last season, coming in for stick from pundits - but there was even worse from his own manager Roberto Mancini.
The now departed Italian boss famously said at times he 'wanted to punch' Nasri, and by the end relations between the pair appeared irrepairable.
So much so that had Mancini stayed, it's likely Nasri would have been sold, and Marseille were linked with signing him.
Manuel Pellegrini's arrival as manager appears to have given the Frenchman an attitude adjustment, with Nasri glowing about his new manager.
In an interview with French newspaper L'Equipe, Nasri told the paper how keen he is to be working with the Chilean.
And it sounds to us like, while he is paying the new manager a compliment, he is taking a bit of a dig at Roberto Mancini too.
"I had a discussion with the coach early and he told me he counted on me, he wanted to make a great season and he needed me at my best.
"It's good to have a coach with whom you can share, talk ...It enables progress."
A bit of a swipe at the man who brought him to City? You tell us...
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