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Nasri: It's hard to accept

Samir Nasri has told Sky Sports News that he suspected he would not be picked for the World Cup by France.

France manager Didier Deschamps opted to leave Nasri out of his squad for the upcoming tournament in Brazil, despite the 26-year-old's successful season at Manchester City.

And Nasri thinks he now has no choice but to consider his international future.

"I was prepared," he said, when asked about his non-selection. "I knew before, sometimes you have the feeling.

"When you want to speak with the manager, but he doesn't want to speak with you, you know that you're not going to go to the World Cup!

"I was prepared mentally. It was a shock but I was prepared mentally, so I'm OK."

Many Manchester City fans are surprised about Nasri's omission after he capped a strong finish to the season by scoring the opening goal in Sunday's title-clinching 2-0 win at home to West Ham.

"When people are talking like that, it means at some point you did something good," Nasri added. "So it's a good thing.

"What can I say? I respect his choice. He wanted not to pick me, good on him.

"I wish good luck to the French national team and I need to take some time now to think about the national team, because it has been twice now that they have taken a World Cup away from me."

Deschamps said when explaining why Nasri was left out: "He is a starter at City, which is not the case with France, and he has made it clear that he is not happy when he is a substitute - and I can tell you it can be felt in the squad."

But Nasri responded: "It's a little bit hard to accept.

"Everything has been said. You can go around and ask any player if they are happy to be on the bench. No one is going to say yes.

"If that is the only excuse that they find, it is a little hard to accept.

"I need to think a little bit, during the holiday, about what will be my future in the national team.

"Missing two World Cups, it's really hard for a player."