Did Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris and Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny force Man City’s Samir Nasri out of the World Cup?
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny were two-thirds of a group of senior players who ensured that Samir Nasri was not selected for the World Cup, according to a new book.
The north London based pair, plus Bastia keeper Mickael Landreau, told France manager Didier Deschamps to omit the Manchester City playmaker, journalists Pierre Mennes and Daniel Riolo claim in their new book L’Explication.
Captain Lloris is said to have approached Deschamps to advise him not to pick Nasri, while Koscielny and Landreau reportedly backed up the Spurs man’s assessment when asked for their input.
The journalists claim that four different sources have confirmed the story.
Nasri was left out of Deschamps’ 30-man preliminary squad ahead of the tournament and has not been approached despite the injury to star man Franck Ribery.
That prompted suggestions that he had been left out over concerns that he could be a divisive figure within the squad.
That seems to be backed up by Mennes and Riolo’s allegations.