Nasri back in France contention

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Manchester City star Samir Nasri is hoping to be recalled to Didier Deschamps' squad for France's friendly against Belgium next week.

The 26-year-old was ruled out of Les Bleus' friendly against Brazil back in June due to a knee injury - but the midfielder is now back to full fitness.

Nasri wants to make up for lost time on the international front - as he was suspended for the national team due to his poor conduct at Euro 2012 along with Jeremy Menez.

"I feel fine. I felt some pain on my left knee, but now my body is okay. And mentally I am fine," Nasri told L'Equipe.

"We are on the same wavelength with the new coach. It is pleasant to have a coach you can talk with. 

"I have been told he relies on me to achieve a great season.

"Having to withdraw from the French team two months ago was terribly frustrating.

"The team is building and it is better to not miss such an opportunity, I have had a good talk with Didier Deschamps but I didn't have any other news since, so I hope to be called on against Belgium."

Nasri is likely to be involved in Manchester City's final pre-season game of the summer on Saturday - when Manuel Pellegrini's side take on Premier League rivals Arsenal.

The match against Nasri's former team is being staged at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland.


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