Samir Nasri has compared Manuel Pellegrini to Arsene Wenger and said the Chilean has the man-management skills to get the most out of his Manchester City players.
The France international believes Pellegrini, who joined City from Malaga, educates his players, as his mentor Wenger does.
And he feels that Pellegrini, another advocate of a passing game, has similar footballing principles.
“For me, he is a little bit like Arsene Wenger in how he works, the same kind of training and attitude as well," Nasri told City’s official website.
“What is different between him and the other manager is he is really present in the training. He stops it when something is wrong and that is interesting for us because he wants us to play with principles and to understand.”
Nasri had a frosty relationship with Pellegrini’s predecessor, Roberto Mancini, who used to criticise the former Arsenal player publicly and once said he wanted to punch the midfielder.
And while he did not mention Mancini, Nasri is pleased to be playing for a manager who has a different approach and who takes an interest in players’ private lives.
He added: “He is someone who talks with the players and it is good for the players to know exactly what he is doing right or wrong. What I like about him is he also talks about everything outside football, to know how you are in your life and it is pretty important for a manager to know these things.”
Nasri admitted last season was the worst of his career. He impressed in August and April but failed to score a league goal in between and accepted he did not play at his best
He said: “Last year for me was the toughest season in my career. Last year I had a lot of injuries, I didn't perform for six months, I had family problems as well. I just want to be focused on the new season and give back to the people who brought me to the club and trusted me.”