French ace ready to prove himself to Pellegrini.
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has welcomed the added competition in the club’s midfield this season and has claimed that he is up for the fight to nail down a regular starting spot, Sky Sports reports.
The French international enjoyed a fine debut season in 2011/12, lifting the Premier League title, but his influence on the side was diminished last term.
However, he is now seemingly up for the battle to earn, and then keep, a starting role under new manager Manuel Pellegrini, who has already added Fernandinho and Jesus Navas to the ranks.
“When you are a player, you have ambition and you play for this kind of competition. Of course I am ready to challenge. If not, I will be in my neighbourhood playing with my friends,” he joked.
Nasri came close to joining City’s cross city rivals in 2011 and admitted that he was interested in what Alex Ferguson had to say.
“Yes, they entered into the equation but I preferred to choose Man City because I think it is the club of the future.
“They have invested a lot in the last three years and now they have got the team that can fight for every competition. I want to be part of the history. That’s why I made this choice and I’m happy about it.
“I am convinced that we can win the Premier League. That is why I chose this club. I am really confident about what we can achieve together.”