Roberto Mancini: 'Samir Nasri has wasted his potential'

Samir Nasri of Manchester City celebrates scoring during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on February 15, 2014
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Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes that Samir Nasri is wasting the chance to become a "world-class" player.

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has claimed that Samir Nasri is wasting his opportunity to become a "world-class" player.

The Italian brought Nasri to the Etihad Stadium from Arsenal in 2011, but he believes that the 26-year-old's attitude has stopped him from taking his game to the next level.

"Samir is a player who has incredible qualities but a productivity that bears no comparison with his talent," Mancini told French magazine So Foot Junior.

"He didn't understand that you always have to give your best.

"He's a player who has the ability not to be a good player but to be a world-class player. What a pity that he won't even play in the World Cup."

Nasri missed out on playing in France's friendly against the Netherlands, but Didier Deschamps has not ruled out a possible recall.

France head coach Didier Deschamps during a press conference on November 11, 2013
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