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Nasri: "I could have been better if I'd been more professional"

The former Marseille, Arsenal, Manchester City and Sevilla winger said that he was unable to make the step up "because of my personal lifestyle."

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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"

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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.”

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