Some of Manchester City’s most expensive signings will be left home this month as the team heads to the U.S. for the start of its preseason slate.
According to the Daily Mail, Pep Guardiola has decided to leave goalkeeper Joe Hart, defenders Eliaquim Mangala and Jason Denayer, midfielder Samir Nasri and forward Wilfried Bony back in Manchester ahead of the club’s U.S. tour. Combined, the players are reportedly valued at more than $155 million.
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All five players spent last season away from the Etihad Stadium on loan and are reportedly not in Guardiola’s plans for the upcoming season.
Samir Nasri‘s sending off was silly and may have cost Sevilla its comeback bid against Leicester City, but was Jamie Vardy a villain in the incident?
Nasri leaned into Vardy as the pair clashed heads following the Leicester man’s reaction to a foul in the UEFA Champions League’s second leg.
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And while Nasri certainly deserved a second yellow for the altercation, Vardy helped make sure it came true by wildly reacting to the contact. The Englishman also seemed to move his head toward contact.
Nasri does not like Vardy much right now. From the BBC:
“He played it well. I thought the English players were tougher than that. He is the one who came to my face.”
“If I tell the truth I don’t think you will be able to write it. I would love to speak to him – there are too many cameras and security and I have to think about next year and not getting a big suspension.”
Expect these quotes not to be lent much credence despite some truth due to Nasri’s status as a bit of a baby. The former Man City man quit the France national team after being dropped once by Didier Deschamps, and has been investigated for IV doping amongst other negative headlines.
But Vardy played his part to the extreme, a bit of gamesmanship which helped Leicester move onto the quarters. Should he be faulted for that? Both chatted “stuff”, Vardy got banged.
If found guilty of doping, Samir Nasri could be in a world of trouble in regards to his professional playing career.
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Nasri is currently being investigated by the Spanish Agency for Health Protection in Sport (AEPSAD) after allegedly receiving an intravenous drip treatment at a Los Angeles clinic.
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The 29-year-old midfielder is currently on loan from Manchester City with La Liga side Sevilla, however, the Spaniard could face a ban of up to four years if found guilty of doping.
The Drip Doctors clinic alleged that Nasri was given the “Immunity IV Drip” which was used to “combat superbugs and common viruses.”
Nasri hasn’t been suspended to date and appeared for Sevilla in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey defeat against Real Madrid.
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) Spanish club Sevilla says the national anti-doping agency is looking into reports that midfielder Samir Nasri recently had intravenous treatment at a Los Angeles clinic.
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The clinic, Drip Doctors, posted a photo of Nasri on its Facebook and Twitter accounts on Tuesday, saying it had provided him with a drip “to help keep him hydrated and in top health during his busy soccer season.”
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It describes the drip as an infusion to boost the immune system and contains “high dose vitamin C, B vitamins, lysine and zinc combined with specially formulated nutrients.”
Sevilla spokesman Jesus Gomez told The Associated Press on Friday that “the agency has been in contact with the club to ask for information” about the player.
A spokesman for the anti-doping agency told the AP that its investigators are checking whether any treatment Nasri may have received had steered clear of the list of prohibited substances. The spokesman spoke anonymously as dictated by agency policy.
The 29-year-old Nasri, who is on loan from English Premier League club Manchester City after not fitting into new coach Pep Guardiola‘s plans, returned with the rest of his teammates from their winter break to start training on Friday.
Nasri has proved to be a key player for Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla, which has reached the Champions League’s round-of-16 and sits third in the Spanish league at the winter break.
This brings new meaning to “When the clock strikes 12.”
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has made headlines for banning his players from training ground Wifi and pizza altogether, but on loan midfield Samir Nasri says the manager has put old boxing style regulations on his players.
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Nasri is now at Sevilla, and was speaking to French media when he delved into the romantic regulations of Pep.
From the BBC:
Nasri added: “He banned a lot of things in the kitchen but the biggest anecdote is that he says before a day off, those who want to have (sexual) relations it’s before midnight. And that’s with a day off the next day. It’s because he wants you to have a good night’s sleep.”
Nasri, who signed for City in 2011, added: “He said he told that to Messi, who since then does not get muscle injuries.”
TMI on Messi, Samir. T.M.I.
Any way, Guardiola’s rules certainly have done the trick at two of the biggest clubs in the world, and look to be getting it done at a third.
In his book “Serve to Win,” tennis ace Novak Djokovic talks about how important hours of the day are to him, and how he always drinks a glass of room temperature water when he wakes up in the morning.
But is making romantic moves at 11:50 p.m. any different than 12:10 a.m.? Is Guardiola just using the measure to implant that Midnight should be a cue that your night is over?
Apologies in advance for the earworm, but this is gonna change how we hear “After Midnight” by Eric Clapton for a while.