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Samir Nasri claims Pep Guardiola has banned Manchester City players from having sex after midnight in order to improve their performances on the pitch.
France midfielder Nasri was told he was overweight by newly-appointed City boss Guardiola in July, and left the following month for a season loan at Spanish side Sevilla.
But, in an interview with L'Equipe du Soir on Monday evening, the 29-year-old reportedly revealed one of the Catalan's top tips for getting the best out of his players.
"On a free day he says, 'Those who want to have relations, it's before midnight because you must have a good night's sleep'," Nasri was quoted as saying of the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach.
"He did that with (Barcelona forward Lionel) Messi, who since then was not injured muscularly, and (Bayern striker Robert) Lewandowski, whom he had put on the bench at one point, and made him understand certain things."
The former Marseille and Arsenal man also spoke a little about Guardiola's dietary demands.
"When I arrived for pre-season, I was told, 'Your weight must be 76kg'. That was my weight when I was at Marseille.
"He suppressed a lot of things in the kitchen. When I came back from vacation, I was a little out of shape, I had four kilos extra. With Guardiola, over 2.5 kilos in excess, you do not train with the group."
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Steven Gerrard has left the LA Galaxy, the Major League Soccer club have announced.
Gerrard signed for the MLS club in January 2015 and joined the squad in July that year.
The former England international played 34 times, scoring five goals.
“When I left Liverpool, I came to Los Angeles with the goal of helping the Galaxy lift another MLS Cup,” said Gerrard on the LA Galaxy website.
“I am of course disappointed to have not achieved that objective, but I can look back at my time at the club with pride at what we accomplished, including two straight playoff appearances and countless memorable moments on the pitch. As someone who spent the whole of their career in Liverpool, it has been an incredible experience to come to Los Angeles and play for the LA Galaxy. I would like to thank Mr. Anschutz, Dan Beckerman, Chris Klein and Bruce Arena for this opportunity. I would also like to thank my teammates, the coaching staff, all of the support staff and most importantly the fans for their fantastic support during my time at Galaxy; I am excited to see this league and this great club continue to grow. I am now looking forward to spending time with my family as I consider the next stage of my career.”
Also on the site LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena said: “We were honored to have a player and person of Steven’s caliber represent the LA Galaxy over the past two seasons.”
“His experience, class and leadership made him a valuable member of this team both on and off the field. I will always remember his last kick for the LA Galaxy as he smashed home his penalty against Tim Howard. We thank Steven for his time and contributions to this club and we wish him the best in whatever comes next. He is one of the most iconic players of all-time and he will always be a part of the LA Galaxy family.”