Blanc hails Nasri development

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Having voiced concerns about Samir Nasri's input for his country earlier in the year, France boss Laurent Blanc has drawn a line under his problems with the Manchester City star, and has been pleased with the playmaker's early-season performances at the Etihad Stadium.

After making a bright start to life with the Citizens, Blanc is hoping the 24-year-old can emulate his club form and help secure Les Bleus Euro 2012 qualification ahead of their Group D clash with Albania.

"I like to focus on the present and the future, but we must also analyse what we have done in the past and learn to become better as a result," said Blanc.

"Samir has come on a lot recently but I have never had any problems with him. I am really impressed by the attitude he has shown recently compared to what we have seen from him before."


The former Arsenal man made a controversial switch from the Emirates Stadium in a £24million deal, to link up with Roberto Mancini's side, citing an ambition to win trophies as the reasoning behind his move.

And having been handed a starting role for the free-scoring Citizens side in recent weeks, Nasri is now turning in the sort of performances that had been expected of him after his early promise.

"He has shown intelligence by becoming more aware of certain things," concluded Blanc. "Now I hope that can be translated into performances on the pitch."

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