Samir Nasri moved to Turkish Super Lïg side Antalyaspor in the summer after a short spell on loan at Sevilla from Manchester City, stating that he hoped a stint at the Sánchez Pizjuán would help him return “to the elite.”
However, in the same interview Nasri gave a hint as to an underlying mentality that he has now admitted could have prevented him from becoming “a better player.”
Nasri: "I have the talent, of that I'm sure"
Nasri was investigated by the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency after his Twitter account was hacked and pictures of the player receiving an intravenous treatment at a controversial US clinic and as he seeks to rebuild his career at Antalyaspor he spoke to Canal+ about the effect his off-field lifestyle has had on his trajectory.
“I could have been a better player but in certain stages of my career I wasn’t professional enough. I’m not talking about during games or training, I always did my job there. But maybe my lifestyle off the pitch hasn’t been the best and that’s why I was never able to make the step up to the next level. I have the necessary talent, of that I’m sure.”