I can handle pressure at Manchester City, insists Nasri

The troubled Frenchman says he is well equipped to deal with the strain of being watched closely this season and believes he has made strides in putting the past behind him
Manchester City's Samir Nasri insists he is not worried about being put under the microscope this season and believes he has matured.

The 26-year-old was heavily criticised over the summer after a lacklustre 2012-13 campaign for the Blues, and the arrivals of Jesus Navas and Stevan Jovetic have put his first-team place under threat.

Yet Nasri believes he will be able to cope with the pressure of the new season, having matured after a series of unseemly episodes in his career.

"Will I be watched closely this year? Yes, but I'm used to it. Since I was 17 I've lived with pressure," he told Le10Sport.

"Today, I have matured a lot. Incidents at Euro [2012], losing myself, it's not me. Me, I communicate and talk, have joy in life, always smile.

"I got a little lost last season, I found myself this year, so much the better."