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Nasri: Why I rate Man City attacker Mahrez over Liverpool striker Salah

Samir Nasri is full of praise for Manchester City attacker Riyad Mahrez.

The former City midfielder, now with Anderlecht, admits he's a big fan of Mahrez and says he'd love to play with the Algeria international. Indeed, Nasri says - if given the choice - he'd take Mahrez over Liverpool's star striker Mohamed Salah.

Both Mahrez and Salah are now two of the biggest African names playing in Europe and while the latter is enjoying great accolades thanks to his time with European and World champions Liverpool, Nasri says it's Mahrez who is the better option for him.

He explained to Le Buteur: “Between Mahrez and Salah, I would prefer to work alongside Mahrez.

"Why? Because he is Algerian and I also like his style of play.

"Mahrez is a collective player, while Salah is much more an individual player. He only aspires to score goals. I wouldn't say Salah is selfish, but he runs behind goals and statistics.

"Mahrez, meanwhile, you can play one-two with him. He is a player with whom you can easily develop."

Nasri, formerly also of Arsenal, is now on the books at Anderlecht where he was snapped up by former City teammate Vincent Kompany. Kompany is player-manager with the fallen Belgian giants this season.

Now 32, Nasri landed the move to Anderlecht after six months back in England with West Ham. The Hammers snapped up the former France international as a free agent after he had served a doping ban.

At Anderlecht, Nasri has scored two goals in nine games so far this season. The veteran is on a deal to June 2020.

- updated December 23

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