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How nice would it be for City to finally get some return on their investment in Samir Nasri?
Amid much of the turgid and uninspired play from Manchester City in South Africa, Samir Nasri's efforts have been a credit to him and his side.
No, I never thought I would write that sentence, either.
But you have to give the pesky Frenchman proper due. Particularly against AmaZulu, Nasri's industry and pace were both noticeable and decidedly positive.
There was Nasri tracking back to retrieve a ball he just turned over from the player who took it from him.
There was Nasri narrowly missing an early goal off a free kick, deftly striking his shot over the wall and then down to the keeper's right forcing a good save.
And for good measure, there was Nasri yapping in the face of an AmaZulu opponent, seemingly willing to draw a yellow card that never came.
Many City players are believed to have felt real relief at Roberto Mancini's firing in May. Quite possibly, Nasri was near the top of that list.
Per John Drayton of the Daily Mail, Nasri's disaffection for Mancini was thinly-veiled once the Italian was gone: "Maybe for me it is going to be okay that you go public and criticize me...it is a tough call for a manager to find a good balance between those situations."
So far this preseason, though, it is all sweetness and light from the former Arsenal midfielder.
Maybe City will see some return on their £24 miilion investment after all.