Patrick Vieira Dismisses Transfer Rumours Linking Playmaker To PSG

Man City executive insists Nasri remains wanted at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City Football Development Executive Patrick Vieira has denied reports linking Samir Nasri with a move to French giants PSG according to The Sun.

The Qatari-backed Ligue 1 side expressed their public interest in the French midfielder after their director of football Leonardo revealed he is keen for the club to use their wealth to bring the country’s best players to the French capital.

The Brazilian chief listed Nasri, alongside the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Karim Benzema, as French internationals he would like to bring back to the country.

Nasri’s future has been under constant speculation in recent months after the former Arsenal star endured a disappointing season.

It is thought that Man City boss Roberto Mancini believes a number of his title winning squad has become complacent after winning the Premier League title and ranks Nasri amongst those who he wishes to move out of the club come the summer.

One bright patch on Nasri’s season was a man of the match display against Newcastle last month but Mancini increased the tension between the pair by using the opportunity to question why Nasri couldn’t play like that with more regularity.

That seemed to pave the way for a summer move but Vieira has moved to pour cold water on the speculation, insisting Nasri remains an important part of the City team.

“I think, he, himself, is disappointed with the level he played at for several different reasons. But in the end, he remains an important player for us,” said Vieira.

“I see him almost daily. I think he’s learned a lot this year. He’s faced competition and, when he wasn’t good enough, he’s been taken off. It’s been an important season for him and I’m sure he’ll come back even stronger.

“I hope he will stay. Time will tell. It’s important to build a team on the long term.

“Samir is a very good player, a young player and I hope he’ll stay with us for a long time.”

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