Samir Nasri has admitted the departure of Roberto Mancini was a sad end to a disappointing season at Manchester City.
After clinching their first Premier League title in the final seconds of last season, City were expected to push Manchester United all the way this time around, but a handful of disappointing performances has seen their rivals take the title 10 points clear of them.
City also failed to deliver in the UEFA Champions League and were knocked out at the group stage, with their final hope of silverware ending in defeat to Wigan in the FA Cup final.
Two days later Mancini was sacked, a move that shocked the Frenchman.
“I feel sad, but I’m professional and I know how football works,” he said at a charity event in Bordeaux. “I was at Marseille and had four coaches in four seasons. Changing coaches is nothing new.
“He brought me to Manchester City. I don’t want to speak about his departure because I don’t know the ins and outs of the story. I don’t know who’s coming in so there’s no point talking about it.”
Nasri’s season, like City’s, has not been consistent. He has made 37 appearances for the club in all competitions but only managed to contribute five goals and just seven assists, and he has admitted they need to put it behind them and move on.
“I had a delicate start to the season,” he continued. “I’ve picked up in the last two to
three months, and now I feel better.
“I’ve strung together some good performances.
Unfortunately, there was the disappointment of the FA Cup final. We’ll
try to bounce back.
“We have to forget this season. We had great ambitions at the start of
the campaign, and we’re a little disappointed at the end.”