Unhappy Samir Nasri says he is quitting international football

Manchester City midfielder admits relationship with coach Didier Deschamps and media led to decision

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 August, 2014, 10:42pm
UPDATED : Monday, 11 August, 2014, 12:49am

Manchester City's French midfielder Samir Nasri has decided to quit international soccer over a breakdown in his relationship with national coach Didier Deschamps and the French media.

The 27-year-old won the Premier League last season with City, but was left out of the France squad for this year's World Cup in Brazil.

Deschamps later filed a legal complaint for "public insult" against Nasri's girlfriend, Anara Atanes, for messages she posted on Twitter after the player was omitted from the France squad.

"Let's face it, as long as he [Deschamps] is going to be the manager I don't think I have a shot after everything that has happened," Nasri said. "I will only be 29 in 2016 for the European Championship [hosted by France], but the French national team doesn't make me happy.

"Every time I go there, there is just more trouble. I face accusations about me and my family suffers from it and I don't want to make them suffer, so it's better to stop it and focus on my club career."

Nasri, who has been capped 41 times, has a reputation as a troublemaker.