Pep Guardiola bans Samir Nasri from Man City training for being overweight

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One thing was guaranteed upon Pep Guardiola's arrival at Manchester City, and that was for the Spaniard to stamp his authority nice and early.

Following a season where the Citizens narrowly pipped rivals Manchester United to the fourth and final Champions League spot, a number of changes were needed.

Guardiola has certainly gone about making such adjustments, with Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito recently arriving for a combined fee of £35 million, whilst the much-maligned Martin Demichelis has been released.


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However, it would seem the former Barcelona manager's ruthless side is slowly coming to the fore, with reports claiming he has warned his players that anyone who is overweight will be banished from training.

And he's claimed his first victim: Samir Nasri.

Yes, the ex-Arsenal midfielder has been told he can't train with his teammates until he loses weight. How embarrassing.

Guardiola is said to be monitoring all players' diets, so much so that he's banned them from eating and drinking a number of products.

Left-back Gael Clichy has since shed light on just how strict the dietary requirements are.

He said, per the Daily Mail: "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."

Clichy won't find Guardiola's regime so "refreshing" and "exciting" if he suffers the same humiliation as Nasri, that's for sure.

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