Samir Nasri quickly became a laughing stock amongst football fans when news emerged that Pep Guardiola had banished him from Manchester City training for being overweight.
The former Arsenal ace, who joined the Citizens in 2011, has endured a somewhat difficult spell at the Etihad with injuries taking their toll.
Under Guardiola, Nasri will be keen to impress and earn a starting role but it would seem he has a lot of work to do to achieve that.
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That's because the Daily Mail reported yesterday that Guardiola has told the Frenchman he cannot return to training until he sheds the pounds.
The former Barcelona manager has now had his say on the matter by issuing a simple six-word response to justify the decision.
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"He arrived a little bit overweight," he said, per BBC Sport. "He is much better now. He fights a lot in these weeks.
"There is still a little bit of weight. Last season he was injured in the season. We want to avoid that. We want the players on the pitch to be fit.
"We want their weight to be in the right place where they can run 90 minutes like Fernandinho and Kolorov and the others. Hopefully, in the next two weeks, he will be OK."
Teammate Gael Clichy has since revealed just how strict Guardiola's regime is at City, labelling it as "exciting" and "refreshing".
The Frenchman said: "You often hear managers say being healthy is really important. With him, if you're weight is too high, you're not training with the team. That's the first thing.
"You can hear it a lot but, for my part, it's the first time any manager has really done it. So we have a few players who are not training with the team yet.
"You have to know that if your weight is 60kg and you are on 70kg, then you cannot play football because you're going to get injured and get your team in trouble. That's important.
"He cut out some juice and, of course, pizza and all the heavy food is not allowed. Some people think that's normal but, in truth, it's not always like this.
"I know because I've been playing football for a long time. It's really refreshing and very exciting."
City's Premier League campaign kicks off on August 13 against Sunderland, giving Nasri and co. two-and-a-half weeks to meet Guardiola's demands.
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