Analysing How Samir Nasri Turned Around His Manchester City Career

Rob PollardFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29:  Samir Nasri of Manchester City and Santi Cazorla of Arsenal battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on March 29, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Reports in France suggest Manchester City are set to offer Samir Nasri a new contract to keep him at the club beyond the end of next season when his current deal expires.

Nasri told Canal+ (via Goal):

We have just started talks so far. We didn't find any agreement yet, but it should be sorted out.

I want to stay. I can feel people appreciate me and the coach trusts in me.

HULL, ENGLAND - MARCH 15:  Manuel Pellegrini (L), manager of Manchester City speaks to Samir Nasri during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Manchester City at the KC Stadium on March 15, 2014 in Hull, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/
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It would be a fitting reward for Nasri, who has turned his form around under Manuel Pellegrini after disappointing for much of last season. Then, under Roberto Mancini, Nasri was in and out of the side, struggling to influence City's attacking play and very often looking disinterested.

His infamous flinch in the wall defending Robin Van Persie's free-kick winner for Manchester United in the derby at the Etihad last season led to some hostility from the City fans, but this season he's been a different player. A fresh start with a new manager who has shown great faith in him has paid off, and the fans are once again enjoying watching him play.

He has been one of City's best players in a campaign that has seen them score 134 goals in all competitions. After looking likely to leave last summer, the turnaround has been remarkable.

The technical side of his game was never in question; his attitude and ability to influence matches consistently most certainly was. He's answered his critics emphatically and deserves to be offered new terms.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 11:  (L-R) Manchester City FC players Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure warm up during a training session ahead the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match against FC Barcelona at Camp Nou on March 11, 2014 in B
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His understanding with David Silva continues to grow, with their fluidity and movement a key element of Pellegrini's side. City now looks to dominate possession, and Nasri and Silva, who are both excellent at retaining the ball, have flourished in a system that sees them given freedom to create.

Not only has Nasri's touch and skill seen him play his best football for City under Pellegrini, his work ethic has improved considerably, too. The question marks over his ability to dig in when things weren't going his way has evaporated, and he's become a key member of the side.

Nasri also told the French station that he remains satisfied with his decision to leave Arsenal for City in 2011.

I took stock before I went to Manchester City, I was joining a club with Yaya Toure, David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez.

I spent three seasons at Arsenal without any title and at the end of the season we sold our best player that was Cesc Fabregas.

I don't want to be disrespectful, but I had a meeting with Arsene Wenger who told me to not be worried, he signed Gervinho and he will get reinforcements.

I preferred to join City and I won titles and indeed I earn a better living. And why not a second national title in three years?

I am very happy with my choice.

And if Nasri is part of another title-winning City side, his decision will be justified still further.

Rob Pollard is Bleacher Report's lead Manchester City correspondent and will be following the club from a Manchester base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter here: @RobPollard_.