Samir Nasri can banish the inconsistency and return to his best for Manchester City next season, according to the club’s development executive Patrick Vieira.
The Frenchman has struggled at the Etihad Stadium this year, frustrating supporters and manager Roberto Mancini.
However, Vieira is convinced this campaign is an anomaly and the 25-year-old is capable of playing a big role in City’s future.
“I hope he will stay even if he had a tough year,” the former Arsenal midfielder told RMC. “Samir is in his position among the best players.
“He is disappointed with his level but he remains central to the dressing room.
“I see it every day, he learned a great deal. He will be much stronger next year.”
Nasri joined City from Arsenal in August 2011 for £25million and featured heavily in his debut season in the North West.
He missed just seven Premier League games, registering five goals and nine assists in the process, but this year has been a different story.
The playmaker has made just 12 league appearances and his performances have often drawn criticism from fans and pundits.
However, following a recent upturn in form – including an impressive performance in City’s FA Cup semi-final win on Sunday – Vieira believes this should stop.
“The insults are unacceptable,” he said.
“All of these problems have perhaps sullied the image of the player, however, he remains an important player for City and the France national team.”
Nasri will be looking to help City claim some silverware, when they meet Wigan in next month’s FA Cup final at Wembley.
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