Former Chelsea star: I hope Manchester City man's apology is true, but...

Samir Nasri

Former Chelsea man Frank Leboeuf says Samir Nasri needs to convince him on the field, rather than off it.

Samir Nasri offered an olive branch this week to the French footballing public, insisting he was sorry for his previous outbursts at Euro 2012.

Nasri stated: "I have regrets over what happened at Euro 2012. This isn't how I was brought up. I sullied my own name and that of my parents too. I didn't honour the shirt."

Former Chelsea defender and French pundit Frank Leboeuf is not sure quite how to take it however. He told radio station RMC:

"I am puzzled. I want to believe in the goodness of Samir Nasri, his mea culpa, his frankness and sincerity. A man can make mistakes and has the right to be forgiven.

"If he had awareness, the better, because it will be good for the team of France and it is good for him. It will undoubtedly serve us for the World Cup. I hope this is really true and that it is not a politicized discourse.

"I assume he is sincere and honest. Now we just want to see and serve it to the team of France. He will have to begin to speed up his game."

Nasri had been enjoying his best season at Manchester City before he was injured by Newcastle's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa at the beginning of the year.

Nasri is important to France because along with the sensational Franck Ribery, he is one of the players Les Bleus will be relying on to unlock defences and fashion chances for Olivier Giroud or Karim Benzema.

Leboeuf's comments illustrate the level of paranoia around Nasri in the French media, and low esteem he was held in after swearing at journalists in 2012.

It's time as Nasri states however to forgive and forget, but if he does not perform to his top level this summer, you can bet on the post-tournament inquisition asking focusing on the City star.

image: © Brad Tutterow

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