Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has announced his international retirement from the French national team in a very forthright interview with English daily newspaper The Guardian. After being left out of the France squad for the 2014 Brazil World Cup, his decision is perhaps not a surprise.
Nasri was quoted as saying: ‘Let’s face it, as long as he (Deschamps) is going to be the manager I don’t think I have a shot after everything that has happened. I will only be 29 in 2016 for the European Championships but the French national team doesn’t make me happy.’
‘Every time I go there, there is just more trouble. I face accusations about me and my family suffers from it and I don’t want to make them suffer, so it’s better to stop it and focus on my club career.’
However, he was keen to point out that Deschamps was not at fault, saying: ‘He did what he thought was best for his team. I understand his choice, it is not something about him, I don’t have any problem with him.’
Nasri also had a lot to say about the fans of his former club, Arsenal. Speaking on the continued abuse he received from Arsenal fans, he said: ‘I think it’s stupid. I’m not an Arsenal fan. I am not from London. If we want to be honest, we are players and we are just looking at what are the best interests for us and our career. When Manchester City came for me it was the best choice to come here. If the fans can’t move on, it’s too bad.’
He added: ‘They see it as treason or that I betrayed them but it’s not like that. I just look what’s best for me and that’s what Bacary Sagna did, what [Emmanuel] Adebayor did and what Kolo Touré did. For the fans the only reason [to leave] has to be for the money. But it isn’t just for the money.’
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