Sevilla midfielder Samir Nasri admits Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is a ‘great coach’ but played down the idea he is ‘fascinating’.
The 29-year-old is currently on a season-long loan at the Europa League winners from City, where he has spent the last five seasons but did not form part of Guardiola’s first team plans.
“Fascinating? I don’t know about that,” Nasri told Onze Mundial.
“Fascinating is a big word….he knows his job and he is good tactically – he changes from the ordinary in his concept of football by following what Cruyff did with some of his own ingredients.
“Fascinating, no but a great coach, that is for sure.”
The attacking midfielder then went on the attack against the media, accusing them of portraying him as a bad person.
“When I meet people in the street, nobody says to me (they don’t like me), maybe today people do not know me. They do not know who I am.
“The perception they have of me comes from journalists – I am not liked by journalists. I am seen as an arrogant, pretentious person… Maybe I am not well-liked in France.
“I have been described like that. But it does not bother me. As long as the people surrounding me know who I am, that suits me… I don’t give a s*** about it, honestly, I laugh.
“It can affect people in my family because they are not necessarily prepared for that. But I laugh about it. Talking, talking, talking. What are you going to do? You are not going to do anything to me. I continue to play, to ensure that the fans that I have enjoy themselves, I continue to earn a living and there you have it.”