Samir Nasri has thanked Manuel Pellegrini for showering him with affection and giving him confidence.
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The France international had a difficult relationship with the former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, whose policy of criticising his players in public was not popular with them.
Mancini once said he wanted to punch Nasri for his poor performances last season, and the former Arsenal midfielder believes it is no coincidence his form has improved under Pellegrini.
He said: "I am more confident with this manager. He has given me a lot of freedom, I'm a guy who likes to have affection with the manager. I like a manager who likes to talk about what's good and what's wrong."
Nasri scored one goal and played a part in three more when City beat Manchester United 4-1 and while he admitted he was disappointed with his performance against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, he is optimistic he can deliver again when Everton visit the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
He added: “I think I'm getting back to my best form -- apart from Wednesday. But I will look to put that right on Saturday, you cannot be good every day, except if your name is [Lionel] Messi. Mine isn't -- so I can have bad games.”