Ex-France international and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri says he enjoyed a great deal of freedom during his spell at Sevilla under former coach Jorge Sampaoli, who allowed him to go out drinking and to nightclubs provided that the Frenchman performed on the field of play.
Nasri joined Sevilla in the 2016/17 season after parting ways with Man City and made 30 appearances for the Spanish La Liga side, netting three goals, and proving three goals under Argentine Sampaoli.
“I had a friendly relationship with Sampaoli, he was a friend more than a coach. Sampaoli liked me so much that he said to me ‘Come to our team, you can drink, go to nightclubs’,” said Nasri during an Instagram Live interview.
“In fact, one weekend I wasn’t able to play, and I wanted to go home and see my family and he offered to watch my house and look after my dog.”
Unfortunately, back in 2017 while playing for Sevilla, on loan from Man City, Nasri was banned from football for 18 months after he was found guilty of using a “prohibited method” in violation of the World Anti-Doping Code and UEFA’s own anti-doping rules.
“What happened in Los Angeles ruined my season. It was an injection of vitamins that was legal, and I had a prescription, but the clinic injected me with a greater amount than I had expected,” added the former Arsenal attacking midfielder.
I was lost, I was anxious and angry with everything. I didn’t show it on the pitch, but football was over for me,” concluded Nasri.
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