Samir Nasri has become a virtual outcast at Manchester City with his own team-mates questioning why he is on the club’s tour of America.
City are seeking a buyer for Nasri, who is the subject of a UEFA investigation into an alleged breach of doping rules while on loan at Sevilla last season.
The 30-year-old Frenchman was surprisingly added to the tour party and came on as a second-half substitute in the Manchester derby in Houston last week.
But it is understood that Nasri’s mood in camp has left some City players wondering why he was not left at home to train.
One insider said: ‘The squad don’t understand why Nasri is even here. He is very unpopular due to his arrogant attitude. Some of the squad even want him to go back to Manchester.’
Nasri, a £24million signing from Arsenal in 2011, has two years left on his £120,000-a-week deal at the Etihad but does not figure in Pep Guardiola’s plans.
However, City’s attempts to sell him have been complicated by the UEFA probe after it emerged that he visited the Drip Doctors clinic in Los Angeles in December and may have received intravenous treatment that could breach doping rules.