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Wilfried Bony given harsh Manchester City advice by Samir Nasri

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Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony is yet to make his debut for the Premier League champions but has already been on the end of some strong words from teammate Samir Nasri.

The Ivorian linked up with his City colleagues for training for the first time on Monday, five weeks after he put pen to paper on a £28 million move from Swansea.

Return

Having helped his national team to African Cup of Nations glory, Bony's arrival in Manchester was held up by visa problems but it seems Nasri has wasted no time in making his opinions known.

As an out and out striker, Bony will be hoping to feature through the middle for City, although he will face competition with Sergio Aguero for a central role, especially if Manuel Pellegrini opts to deploy just one striker.

Out wide

While the City boss has undoubtedly already spent plenty of time thinking about how to get the best out of his new striker, Nasri has done likewise, and had a word of warning for Bony.

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Having predominantly featured from a wide position during his time at the Etihad Stadium, Nasri, who recently admitted to being an 'arrogant jerk' has told Bony he doesn't want him anywhere near him on the pitch.

Box

With City set to host Newcastle on Saturday, there's been plenty of talk over whether or not Bony will get his first start, and if he does he'll have Nasri's words ringing in his ears.

Bony told the Manchester City official site: "Samir Nasri has already told me he doesn’t want to see me on the right or the left – just to stay in the box because that’s the only place he wants to see me!

"He told me he’ll get the ball to me and to just stay there!"

Bony also explained that despite having only just linked up with his new colleagues, he's already learning a thing or two about them, just as they're recognising his attributes.

"It is interesting training with my new team-mates and to see the way they play and they are also learning what my power and strengths are," he said.

Competition

With all three of Bony's striking colleagues available to Pellegrini, the City boss may wait to give his latest addition a first start, and Bony admits Saturday could come too soon.

"It’s not easy because I’ve just arrived from Africa and I will have had five days of training before we play Newcastle. I have to take it step by step and wait for the right opportunity to present itself," he said.

“I’m not 100% just yet and as I say, I’ve only just arrived so we will see. I still have another couple of days of training but I need to take things step by step.

Record

“If I am needed, I have a good record against Newcastle and I’ve scored three goals in two games against them."

During his time at Swansea, Bony would have been more used to the comforts of mid-table than the dizzy heights of a Premier League title race. However, he's quickly tuned in to what's required at City, saying: "We need to win as many games as we can because we need to make up seven points on Chelsea.

"There are a lot of games to go and everything can change. We still believe and we’ll be doing everything we can to close the gap."

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