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Manchester City Transfer News: Latest Samir Nasri and Eliaquim Mangala Rumours

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2016

SEVILLE, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 01:  Samir Nasri of Sevilla FC during his official presentation at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on September 1, 2016 in Seville, Spain.  (Photo by Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images)
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Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has proclaimed Pep Guardiola wanted him to stay at the Etihad Stadium, but the Frenchman opted for a loan move to Sevilla despite the Spanish coach's wishes.

Nasri insisted it was his decision to depart the Sky Blues, and had Guardiola got his way, the player would have remained in the north-west.

The former Arsenal star told Sevilla's official website (h/t Paul Vinnell of Sky Sports):

Guardiola, until the last moment, tried to make me stay but I was clear I wanted to leave and go to a place where I could give my best level.

I was looking for a family club and in Sevilla I have found just that, but until the last moment I haven't been able to leave.

[...]

Last year was difficult for me both on and off the field but the time I was injured helped me to step back and reflect. I learned a lot in the last year.

Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola talks to Manchester City's French midfielder Samir Nasri (L) as he prepares to come on during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium in Ma
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Nasri has slipped from prominence at Eastlands, and it is difficult to imagine he would have made an impact in Guardiola's revolution at City.

The player certainly possesses the skill set of an individual who could provide the manager with flair, but it is questionable whether he has the work rate to function in Guardiola's tactical shape.

The 29-year-old has played only 16 minutes in the Premier League since the beginning of the new campaign, according to WhoScored.com. Nasri featured in 12 league matches last term, starting only four times.

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In other news, Eliaquim Mangala was officially unveiled as a Valencia player on Friday, joining from City on a season-long loan deal, according to Anthony Chapman of the SunMangala had slipped down the pecking order at the Etihad after the £47.5 million capture of John Stones from Everton.

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Mangala appeared delighted to arrive at Los Che, as quoted by Chapman: "I previously had two chances to join the club and this was my third, so it felt like the final opportunity and it was one I wanted to take. I am very happy to be here and to have joined such a big club."

Valencia officially welcomed the player to Spain via their official Twitter feed:

Valencia CF @valenciacf

📷 @Elia22Mangala : “Espero poder ayudar al club a hacer cosas grandes” ➡ https://t.co/xw6SJfbVSM https://t.co/z49RsnnVsm

As Guardiola moves a number of players out of City, it is highly unlikely Nasri or Mangala will be seen in a Sky Blues shirt once again.

Mangala was a huge disappointment, arriving from Porto with a burgeoning reputation, but the France international failed to get to grips with the pace of English football, and he was consistently exposed by opposition attackers.

Nasri's time at City also appears over, and the former Gunner's injury record has robbed him of his best years.

He will fit into Spanish football with ease, but staying fit might be his biggest battle in the next 12 months at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

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