Pep Guardiola has told Samir Nasri he is allowed to stay at Manchester City, despite rumours linking the French midfielder with a move away from the Etihad.
Nasri was criticised during pre-season by Guardiola for reporting back to training overweight and unfit, and he has been linked with a move to Turkish club Besiktas in recent days.
However, having failed to make a single matchday squad so far this campaign, the 29-year-old was a surprise inclusion on the substitutes bench when City took on West Ham on Sunday.
And Guardiola even called upon Nasri, bringing him on for the final 15 minutes of the game – which ended in a 3-1 victory for the current Premier League leaders.
The Frenchman looked back to his best, even coming close to scoring, and Guardiola said after the game that Nasri had proven himself enough to stay at the Etihad.
The Catalan coach said: “It depends on the player, but he can stay. Samir arrived overweight, but after one week, 10 days, it was fantastic how he trained, how he competed. His quality is on another level, but it depends on him.”