Former Arsenal player Nasri has struggled to string together impressive displays for last season's champions and City manager Mancini expressed his frustration over Nasri after the crushing 4-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday. Mancini was widely quoted as saying: "I would like to give him a punch. Because a player like him should play like this always."
Mancini also said he felt some City players were only playing at 50% of their ability this season. Speaking to French sports broadcaster beIN Sport, Nasri said: "Mancini has shown a little proof of bad faith when he said he wanted to punch me."
The France international continued: "I've not had a good season, I know it, I'm aware of that. I am the first to be self-critical.
"But it's not true that I'm playing at 50%.
"I think the coach still doesn't handle English very well and sometimes uses expressions that aren't really suitable."
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