Samir Nasri has revealed that Pep Guardiola told him that he “should be at Barcelona” and not Manchester City, while calling him “a mess” on several occasions.
Nasri left City to join Spanish side Sevilla on loan until the end of the season, where he has helped Jorge Sampaoli’s team to fifth in the La Liga standings.
The 29-year-old was initially made to train away from the first-team squad after he returned to pre-season overweight.
However, Guardiola eventually offered Nasri the opportunity to be part of his plans at the Etihad Stadium but the Frenchman turned him down in favour of regular football.
“Guardiola told me ‘with your qualities you should not be at Manchester City, you should be at Barcelona,'” Nasri told French television show L’Equipe du Soir.
“We had some discussions, he wanted me to stay and play for him. I told him ‘no’ because he couldn’t assure me a first-team place. I wanted to play.
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“He told me he thought I was making a mistake, but I still have a two-year contract.”
Nasri admits to being overweight when he came back in the summer but not as much as the amount reported at the time.
“Guardiola told me that I was a mess, he told me several times and even kicked me in the butt, literally,” he added.
“When I returned from holiday having had a year with injury problems and personal-life problems, I was a little out of shape. Not as much as what was said but four kilos overweight.
“For Guardiola, over 2.5 kilos and you do not you train with the group.”