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For some, Samir Nasri’s name was surprisingly missing when Deschamps named his squad for the latest friendly. However, many believe he shouldn’t be mentioned anywhere near the national team. The doubts behind Nasri are nothing to do with his quality on the pitch—they are purely down to the Manchester City midfielder’s attitude.
He may be able to behave over a few days for a friendly, but his past behaviour makes him a potential time bomb when placed inside a squad for a number of weeks. After the complete breakdown of the squad harmony in South Africa, it’s a risk that Deschamps won’t want to take to Brazil.
Nasri is not giving up, though. His form for Manchester City has been impressive of late, and it was just after he was excluded from the Netherlands game that he scored that absolutely magnificent goal against Sunderland in the League Cup final.
Deschamps is being forced to sit up and take notice of the 26-year-old.
It has mostly been the form of Marseille playmaker, Mathieu Valbuena, that has kept Nasri out of the squad, but the diminutive midfielder has struggled at times this season. Despite this, Valbuena is still seen as a guaranteed pick for this summer. However, if his dip in form continues, it could lead to Deschamps reassessing Nasri’s current position.
If City go on to lift the Premier League title, with Nasri playing at the top of his game, it could be hard to ignore the former Arsenal midfielder.