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Man City's Nasri not optimistic about World Cup

Samir Nasri says he is not feeling terribly positive about making France's World Cup squad.

The 26-year old Manchester City midfielder was left out of Didier Deschamps' Les Bleus squad that took on Holland in a friendly recently and has struggled to feature for his country since he was left out of the 2010 World Cup roster.

Controversy and reported fractures with teammates has seen Nasri miss more internationals than he should have and it has clearly left a bitter taste in his mouth with the former Arsenal man suggesting he has very little chance of forcing his way into the team for Brazil 2014.

"I want to wear this shirt but if I do not go to the World Cup it will make it two I have missed," Nasri told French television show Canal Football Club.

"At the moment I am rather pessimistic than optimistic so far. I was not part of the last friendly against the Netherlands and it was the last call before the World Cup group being named and I didn't get any explanation.

"But if I don't go to the World Cup, it will be because of my inadequate performances in the national team rather than my behaviour.

"In the 2010 World Cup, it was the biggest scandal of the French team and I was not part of it. But I can accept I have not been good in some matches with the French team, notably the first leg in Ukraine [in their World Cup play-off].

"You can ask any player, I never had any problem with any French teammate.

"Deschamps? I asked for a talk with him, but it didn't happen so far. The day I will talk with him I will really know what I have been reproached for."

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