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Nasri: I want to get back to my best at Sevilla

Frenchman Samir Nasri was unveiled by Sevilla on Thursday after completing a loan switch from Manchester City.

Nasri: I want to get back to my best at Sevilla
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French midfielder Samir Nasri said on Thursday he was ready to put last term's woes behind him and regain top form at new club Sevilla.

Nasri has joined the LaLiga side from Manchester City on a season-long loan deal.

Last season was "very difficult"

The 29-year-old scored 27 goals and won two Premier League titles in five years in Manchester, but after an injury-plagued 2015/16 campaign new City boss Pep Guardiola had criticised his condition when he returned to pre-season overweight.

"It was a very difficult season in every sense of the word, on the sporting front with injuries and in my private life, for reasons which will remain private," said Nasri during his official presentation at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán.

"I learned a lot last year"

"My time injured allowed me to rest and reflect... I learned a lot last year," he continued, adding his "obsession" was now to be "good on the pitch" and adopt an "irreproachable" behaviour.

"Physically I feel good, I did all the preparation with Manchester City and I even played on the last day," said Nasri.

Sevilla preferred to Besiktas

The former France international said he had chosen Sevilla over Turkish club Besiktas to work alongside new coach Jorge Sampaoli, adding that Guardiola had wanted to keep him in Manchester.

"Until the last minute he (Guardiola) insisted that I remain but I knew I had to leave to rediscover my best level."