SAM SET­TLES FOR SUC­CESS Nasri ready to daz­zle as Blues tar­get glory

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SAMIR NASRI claims he is start­ing to prove that Man City didn’t drop a CLANGER when they shelled out £24mil­lion for his tal­ents.

The 24-year-old has taken time to set­tle at the Eti­had Sta­dium and has made just 15 Premier League starts since his mas­sive sum­mer move from Arse­nal.

City boss Roberto Mancini has claimed Nasri needed to im­prove the de­fen­sive side of his game in or­der to thrive for the Blues.

But the French mid­fielder has started to es­tab­lish him­self in re­cent weeks as City close in on the cli­max to the Premier and Europa League.

The winger main­tains he was never con­cerned about his price tag but ac­cepts it has taken time for him to get used to life in Manch­ester.


And he claims he’s taken Mancini’s ad­vice on board and is start­ing to show what he is ca­pa­ble of.

He said: “It’s al­ways tough when you go to an­other team – you have to be in­volved 100 per cent and I wasn’t.

“Now I am start­ing to be set­tled and you will see a bet­ter Samir ev­ery week.

“You have to work when you don’t feel well and not pro­duc­ing what ev­ery­one ex­pects.

“I was al­ways con­fi­dent about my qual­ity and you will see that.

“I never told them to pay £24m, so it’s not me. It was a lot of money but ev­ery trans­fer now has a lot of money.

“What you want to do is to give some­thing to the team and the peo­ple who bring you here and trust you. The money and ev­ery­thing isn’t my prob­lem.

“It’s not the same way as play­ing at Arse­nal, but I want to show ev­ery­one it wasn’t a mis­take.”

City have a clean bill of health for the visit of Porto as they look to clinch a last 16 place.

Yaya Toure, who re­turned for the first leg in Por­tu­gal af­ter miss­ing eight games at the African Na­tions Cup, is set to start in mid­field.

UEFA have an­nounced they’ve opened dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings against Porto for “im­proper con­duct” of their sup­port­ers dur­ing the first-leg game last week.

City com­plained of racial abuse to­wards black play­ers Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure – with some re­ports sug­gest­ing young chil­dren had been in­volved in al­leged mon­key chants aimed at the City play­ers.

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