Manchester City star Samir Nasri has opened up about life under former manager Roberto Mancini, saying the Italian was ‘crazy’.
The Frenchman was recruited by Mancini from Arsenal in the summer of 2011, but found life difficult under the former Inter Milan boss.
Nasri is having his best season at the Etihad to date, having scored nine goals and made 39 appearances under new manager Manuel Pellegrini. The ex-Arsenal man says he is enjoying life again with Manchester City, but spoke of the declining atmosphere at the club under Roberto Mancini last season.
“He’s a different person when he wants you and when he has you. When he wanted me he was calling me every day, telling me everything I wanted to hear. I arrived here and for me it was a shock. He was really the opposite of Arsene Wenger. Not even a ‘good morning’.
“Sometimes when you play he comes and talks to you. If you don’t play he doesn’t talk to you for three or four months. It’s never his fault. You cannot have a discussion with him, try to explain something. When we have a loss, he gets crazy in the dressing-room.”
Nasri goes as far as saying he had a ‘bad experience’ under the fiery Mancini, and hinted that the Italian’s record as a manager is down to the quality of players he has at his disposal.
"He says things that you cannot say even on the street to someone," Nasri went on. "I really had the bad experience with him. He had the results as a manager everywhere he went because he had great players with him. But now, he will not be in my top three or four managers of all time.”
Nasri also talks of the unthinkable, yet probable prospect of missing the World Cup this summer with France. The midfielder has fallen out of favour with national coach Didier Deschamps, and does not rate his chances of being on the plane to Brazil.
“To be honest with you, if I have to evaluate my chances now I would be 70-30 against me going to the World Cup. If I had the phone-call with him (Deschamps) and a real talk with him I would know where I stand. I would know: ‘OK, maybe I did this or this wrong, I have to change this or that to go to the World Cup.
“In France, they are saying we have the same agent so it will be easy (to communicate). It’s not. It doesn’t mean anything. My only concern is to perform well with my club and then we’ll see. I will be really sad if I don’t go to the World Cup.”
Nasri still faces the potential prospect of being crowned a double-Premier League winner with Manchester City next month. His form has flourished under Manuel Pellegrini this season, and the Frenchman has put in the kind of performances that made him so impressive at Arsenal.
To think that he will not feature at the World Cup is nothing short of a shame for him and his country, but he appears to have found happiness again at club level where he is enjoying best season yet for City.