Manuel Pellegrini's midfield has been boosted by the arrivals of Jesus Navas and Fernandinho this summer, but Nasri says signings will help him to raise his game.
"The competition for places at City doesn't frighten me, it makes me better," he told The Sun.
"I've trained with this in mind. I'm much sharper and I feel better.
"I have matured a great deal. I lost my way a bit last season, but I have found myself once again."
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