Samir Nasri pushed through Sevilla loan

Samir Nasri has asserted Pep Guardiola encouraged him to stay at Manchester City and battle for his place. 

Nasri was one of four City players to leave the club on Wednesday as he joined Spanish side Sevilla on a season-long advance. 

The Frenchman's future had appeared to be questionable after Guardiola's landing in the Etihad Stadium in the mid year, especially after the Spanish supervisor uncovered the 29-year-old reported for pre-season preparing overweight.