Sampaoli lets me go to Seville to drink, says Nasri
Samir Nasri has revealed the remarkable freedom that was given as Seville player by his former coach Jorge Sampaoli , who said he had no problem with the French going out to drink and to nightclubs as long as he performed in the field.
The former France international enjoyed a renaissance with Seville under Argentine Sampaoli in the 2016/17 season after spells with Arsenal and Manchester city , which led the team to an unlikely tilt in the Spanish title before they finally finished fourth.
Nasri, 32, who now plays for Anderlecht in Belgium, recalled his eventful spell at Seville -- and his unusually close relationship with Sampaoli -- in an interview on Instagram on Monday.
He had a friendly relationship with Sampaoli, he was a friend more than a coach, Nasri said.
"Sampaoli liked me so much that he said to me 'Come to our team, you can drink, go to nightclubs, do what you want and I'll cover your back. All I ask is that you play well on the pitch on the weekend'.
"In fact, one weekend I wasn't able to play and I wanted to go home and see my family and he offered to watch my house and look after my dog."
However, Nasri's excellent campaign began to crumble after she underwent intravenous treatment at a clinic in Los Angeles, eventually banning it. football for 18 months for violating anti-doping regulations.
What happened in Los Angeles ruined my season, he added.
"It was an injection of vitamins that was legal and I had a prescription but the clinic injected me with a greater amount than I had expected. I was destroyed because I thought I was going to be banned for two years.
"I didn't want to play any more after that. I even told Sampaoli to leave me out, but he always wanted me to play. I was lost, I was anxious and angry with everything. I didn't show it on the pitch but football was over for me."