Nasri relishing 'important' role, says Pellegrini

The Manchester City manager has praised the France international, who netted twice against Swansea, and believes he is enjoying being given a greater role at the club
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes Samir Nasri is thriving due to the greater responsibility handed to him at the Etihad Stadium this term.

The former Arsenal midfielder scored twice in Sunday's 3-0 Premier League win over Swansea, continuing his finest run of form in a City shirt to date.

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After mixed performances under Roberto Mancini, Nasri has blossomed into a key figure following the close-season arrival of Pellegrini, assuming a particularly integral role in light of David Silva's recent injury lay-off.

"I think he is happy," said the Chilean manager. "Maybe he feels like now he is again an important player and the way the team plays is very comfortable for him also.

"All of you know that he's a big player.

"Before he was at City I managed against him in the Champions League (when Pellegrini was in charge of Villarreal for a quarter-final against Arsenal) and he's a very, very good player.

"He's again playing in the way he knows how to play."