Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has held his hands up by stating that he made a mistake by both emotionally and physically shutting himself out of last year's difficult campaign.
The French midfielder, who signed from Arsenal for £25m in the summer of 2011, only made 22 starts for City in the Premier League with former boss Roberto Mancini losing both his temper and confidence with the 26-year-old.
It is understood that Nasri became so despondent at his struggle for form last season that he stopped talking to everyone, including his own parents.
Despite ending the 2011/12 on a high by appearing 46 times for the Etihad Stadium outfit in their title-winning season, the former Marseille playmaker endured a difficult Euro 2012 campaign as France were eliminated by the eventual winners Spain in the quarter-finals.
As a result Nasri lost his temper and swore at a French journalist who had questioned his involvement in the match leading to his exclusion from the national team for a time.
When he retuned to the Etihad he struggled to find consistency and was often criticised by both the English and French media for his comical appearances for City, including being blamed for ducking out of the way off Robin van Persie's free-kick winner in the Manchester derby.
This led to Mancini making a joke of stating that he felt like punching the midfielder over his inconsistent form.
"Everything he was saying was difficult for me to accept," the plucky 26-year-old told reporters ahead of Wednesday night's UEFA Champions League Group D clash at home against Viktoria Plzen.
"There was the beef with the journalist after the European Championship, I wasn't involved with the national team and was getting a bad press in France."
"I didn't play well for City and lost my place. It was obvious I needed to clear my head. Sometimes when you make a mistake you do not want to admit it, that was probably my biggest mistake of all."
"I realised it is never good keeping things to yourself and i began to open up. I talked it over and decided i should start playing again and concentrate on doing well what I am best at, which is playing football."
This season has definitely seen a dramatic improvement in Nasri's performances as far as last season is concerned for both both club and country.
The footballer of Algerian heritage has not only helped France to reach the 2014 World Cup finals but has also played a massive part in Manchester City's successful qualification to the last 16 of the Champions League on the third attempt of trying.
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