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I’ll Help Sterling Get Over Fans –Nasri

Posted: Jul 22, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Samir Nasri has described Raheem Sterling as “one of the hottest prospects in world football” and backed his new Manchester City team-mate to show “stupid fans” just how good he is.

Sterling, making his City debut following an acrimonious transfer from Liverpool, was jeered by some supporters at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in an International Champions Cup match against Roma on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old responded by opening the scoring with a well-taken goal after just three minutes and was a lively presence throughout his 45 minutes on the pitch.

City won the match 5-4 on penalties following a 2-2 draw, but the real talking point was the crowd’s initial treatment of Sterling, a likely sign of things to come ahead of the 2015-16 Premier League season.

Nasri, who has experience of being a target for opposition supporters after his bitter exit from Arsenal in 2011, was pleased to see the new arrival answer his critics in emphatic fashion.

“That was really important,” he said when quizzed on Sterling’s debut goal.

“You always have stupid fans on a football pitch. The same thing happened to me when I left Arsenal. I just think you have to move on. He chose to come to Manchester City, they have to respect his decision. He’s a young player, talented. Just let him play, he’s going to show you how talented he is.”