Manchester City star Samir Nasri was the shock omission from France’s World Cup squad for this summer’s tournament in Brazil.
The 26-year-old has previously been in a spot of bother with the French federation after a foul-mouthed tirade following France’s 2-0 defeat to Spain at Euro 2012 – a situation which landed Nasri a three-match ban.
Since then, the Citizens playmaker has appeared in six games for the national team, including the all-important playoff match away at Ukraine.
The game, however, sparked a change in boss Didier Deschamps’ ideas as Nasri by his standards was poor and that night almost cost them a place at this summer’s finals.
Despite the obvious disappointments at not being involved, the former Arsenal star looked at it in a positive light and believed it could certainly help his club form next season.
He said: “It wasn’t supposed to be that way, but it is good news for my club. I’m going to go on holiday, rest, and come back fresh for the pre-season.
When asked on next season’s objectives, Nasri stated the importance of fighting for trophies and the aim of progressing further in the Champions League.
“When you play for Manchester City, you need to win a trophy every season so we are going to try and defend our title. We are going to try and go as far as possible in the Champions League because that is our next step – to put Manchester City in its place as one of the biggest clubs in Europe.”
Premier League title winner Nasri contributed to 14 goals by means of goals and assists in 29 starts this season.
Since moving to Man City, the French international has won two Premier League titles and achieved League Cup success over Sunderland this season.