Reading the word arrogant used to describe the modern day footballer is unfortunately something we see far too often.
However, it's a word that can be used to sum up the often outspoken Samir Nasri. You may think that's harsh, but we're only telling you what someone else has already said. And, surprisingly, that someone else is in fact none other than... Samir Nasri.
The Manchester City star made the honest assessment of himself in an interview with French publication L’Equipe 21, and even went as far as to describe himself as a 'jerk'.
He won't change
Despite the admission that he's far from perfect, Nasri insists he has no plans to change his ways, having previously tried to keep himself to himself. At 29 the former France international is old enough to know his own mind, and if he's happy being a self-confessed jerk then who's to tell him he should change?
In keeping with his outspoken reputation, Nasri held nothing back when telling L'Equipe: "From time to time, I’m a jerk. Sometimes it is better to buckle but it is something I can’t do.
"I managed when I was younger and sometimes I went home with a knot in my stomach. Afterwards, you go off, but not with the right person.
"I’d therefore prefer to say everything I think, even if it means I’m not liked, even if it means I sound arrogant and a little *****. At least the folk I do like don’t have to suffer."
One of the first sightings of Nasri's honest approach came after a Euro 2012 quarter final defeat to Spain.
Having been asked for his thoughts on the defeat by a journalist working on behalf of Agence France Presse, Nasri shot back with: "You are looking for s**t, looking for trouble.
"F*** you, go f*** your mother, you son of a b****."
Nasri reportedly then suggested the pair took the dispute outside, hinting at a physical altercation.
Dropped by Deschamps
On that occasion Nasri was described as “embarrassing and disrespectful" by then French boss Laurent Blanc, and his replacement Didier Deschamps doesn't exactly see eye to eye with the attack minded midfielder either.
Deschamps decided to leave Nasri out of his World Cup 2014 squad, citing the affect Nasri's attitude has on his teammates. Nasri made his feelings towards the national team clear, although this time it was done in a more articulate manner than two years previous.
"I have just turned 27, but let’s be honest, as long as Deschamps is the manager I don’t think I have a shot after everything that has happened," he said.
"In 2016 I will be 29 and will have a chance to play in the European Championship in France but the French national team doesn’t make me happy.
“Every time I go there, there is just more trouble. I face accusations about myself, and my family suffers from it. I don’t want to make them suffer so it is better to stop it and focus on my club career.”
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