Nasri said: "I'm tired of talking about Yaya. You should know by now how good he is.
"If he wasn't African everyone would say he's the best midfielder in the world.
"He can do everything, he can score goals, he can defend, he can attack. When he gets the ball he is so powerful.
"You should just admire the way he plays because he's a great player. I might be a little bit biased because he's my friend, but for me he's in the top three of the best midfielders in the world.
"Of course it counts against him being from the Ivory Coast. If he was Argentinian or Brazilian everyone will talk about him - everyone.
"You have some Brazilians or Argentinians, I don't want to say anything wrong, but just because they are from these countries you [Premier League clubs] pay them £40m or £50m.
"A guy like Yaya, he has won every trophy, he is always there. Tell me one defensive midfielder who can go forward like him who can score 16 or 17 goals in a season?
"Tell me one and then we can talk."
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