Nasri reveals all in a very open interview about the Frenchman’s stress problems.
Manchester City and France midfielder Samir Nasri has admitted to having struggled with stress and mental issues in the past.
The former Arsenal man has revealed the problems the 26-year-old has suffered in the wake of England cricketer Jonathan Trott having to return home from the Ashes series in Australia because of stress.
“For months I refused to talk to anybody, I had a lot of bad press in France and I wasn’t involved with the national team,” Nasri was quoted by the Sun.
“It was a little bit difficult and in my head I wasn’t the same and didn’t play well for City and I lost my spot in the squad.
“I didn’t want to talk and I didn’t want to explain myself. I didn’t want to talk about the situation because it was really difficult and it was inside me.
“After all this time you just think, some time when you do a mistake you don’t want to admit it and that was my biggest mistake.”
Since the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini the France international looks to have re-found the form on the pitch that prompted City to pay the Gunners £25m for the midfielder in 2011.
It is becoming easier and more acceptable for sportsmen and women to discuss mental issues in public and this can only be a good thing for sufferers such as Nasri and Trott.
In the past players have had to struggle on without any help, with the result of this sometimes ending in tragedy.
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