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Manuel Pellegrini's men have qualified for the Champions League knockout stages with two matches to spare, and the Frenchman is enjoying life at the Etihad Stadium

Samir Nasri admits he is feeling "loved" at Manchester City this season and hailed the club's progress to the Champions League knockout stages.

Tuesday's 5-2 victory over CSKA Moscow means City have qualified from Group D with two games to spare, having endured humiliating first-round exits in each of the last two seasons.

And for Nasri, who has struggled at times to impose himself at the Etihad Stadium since his €30 million move from Arsenal in August 2011, the success is all the sweeter.

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“This is something that we really wanted to do for the past three years and we did it tonight so we are very happy,” the Frenchman told the club's official website.

“It’s a big achievement for the club because this is the first time we’ve gone beyond the group stages so we’re really happy, but there is still a long way to go.

“A club like Manchester City isn’t just going to be happy reaching the last 16; we want to get as far as we possibly can in this competition.

“As a team, we’ve progressed and even if the past two seasons have been tough and we’ve had difficult groups, if we work as a team, we have time to get better and better because the next round isn’t until February.

“Everyone played with lots of confidence this evening and we have a manager who tells us what is good and what is bad, so we’ve moved on as individuals and as a team.

“Personally, I’m very happy and I think that is showing in my game. I feel loved and I’m trying my best each time I go out so it’s all positive.”

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