‘Don't yell at me, I'm not a child’ - Nasri reveals how he ripped into ‘arrogant’ Guardiola

FOOTBALL ‘Don't yell at me, I'm not a child’ - Nasri reveals how he ripped into ‘arrogant’ Guardiola

Joel Omotto • 11:30 - 26.04.2023

The midfielder explained how he silenced the Manchester City manager after he yelled at him for being overweight

Former Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has revealed how 'arrogant' Pep Guardiola scolded him about being overweight during their brief time working together.

The former Arsenal star told Guardiola “don't yell at me, I'm not a child” to silence him during his second dressing down over his weight in the space of two days during the summer of 2016.

Nasri had been at City for five seasons when Guardiola arrived as manager in the summer of 2016 from Bayern Munich but the new boss was not impressed with the midfielder's physical condition.

The player would then be loaned out to La Liga side Sevilla that season, having played just one competitive game under Guardiola, and then being sold to Turkish club Antalyaspor.

“I went into it with him from our first meetings,” Nasri told L'Equipe. “On the first day, he summoned me to his office and asked me: "What do you want to do?"

“I tell him: "It's up to you to tell me if you're counting on me." He replied: "I'm counting on you if you're really well in the head.

“Then I do my first training, everything is going well, he is happy with me. The next day, Pep summons me again and there he yells at me about my weight.

“He found out because we were weighed every day. There, I said to him: "Reduce your voice, don't yell at me, I'm not a child, I'm 29 years old.

“Maybe my holiday was an escape for me, a time to do what I wanted to do because I was coming out of a difficult season [a hamstring injury kept him sidelined for four months in 2015-16] and because in my personal life a lot of things happened. And there, Pep answers me: "It's true, I'm sorry."

Nasri further revealed how Guardiola is like in person. “In front of the media, Guardiola constantly celebrates the qualities of his players. During individual interviews, he is how he is in everyday life,” he added.

“He's arrogant, but arrogant in a good way: he knows he's the best coach and he lets you know that. Pep knows what he brings to the club and he knows that when he came to City he had carte blanche. So, for him it's quite easy to impose his law. Afterwards he is a frank and honest person.”