Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has blasted fans that booed Raheem Sterling at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, calling them stupid.
The flack for Sterling came as an image of him watching his new team popped up on the big screen, during City's 1-0 win against sister club Melbourne City FC.
Parts of the 41,134 crowd made their opinions of the England international clear, following his acrimonious £44 million move from Liverpool.
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However, he answered his critics in the best way possible, scoring three minutes into his debut, against AS Roma
Sterling has become a figure of hate for many fans since his decision to quit Anfield. He was the target of jeering for a number of Irish supporters, during their friendly with England in June, and it appears the taunting will follow the English record signing, with Liverpool's worldwide fan base stretching far and wide.
As seen in the Manchester Evening News, Nasri, who has endured his fair share of criticism from fans, believes it is time for the boo boys to move, while also offered his ear to the wide-man if he requires it.
“You always have stupid fans in the stadium,” he said. “The same thing happened to me when I left Arsenal. You have to move on. He has come to Manchester City and you have to respect his decision.
“We just have to let him play and he will show how talented he is. We didn't expect anything like that from these fans, so it is a little surprise. But if he needs any advice about that, then he can come and talk to me."
The 28-year-old is no stranger to booes himself. The French ace always provokes a reaction from Arsenal supporters after his £25m move from North London to Manchester, in 2011.
Nasri claimed he joined the club to win silverware and got his wish 12 months later, as City won the Premier League for the first time in their history. Sterling will be hoping he can emulate that success following his switch.
Nasri's place in the Manchester City side appears to be under threat following the addition of Sterling, however the French midfielder believes the new signing can help improve the current Etihad squad.
He has speed and goals and he's one of the hottest prospects in world football,” he said. “If the transfer is not too heavy then he can bring us many, many things.”
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