Samir Nasri has labelled fans who taunted his new team-mate, Raheem Sterling, on his debut as “stupid”.
Sterling made his first appearance for the Etihad club, after completing a record-breaking £49million move from Liverpool and was jeered by some supporters.
It did not stop the winger from opening his account as early as the 3rd minute of the match, played in front of 41,143 spectators at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
“You always have stupid fans in the stadium. The same thing happened to me when I left Arsenal” Nasri said.
“You have to move on. He has come to Manchester City and you have to respect his decision.
“We just have to let him play and he will show how talented he is. He has speed and goals and he’s one of the hottest prospects in world football.
“If the transfer is not too heavy on his shoulders then he can bring us many, many things.
“I have not spoken to him about the pressure and the reaction of the fans because we did not expect this.
“This is a game between Roma and Manchester City in Melbourne!
“We didn’t expect anything like that from these fans, so it is a little surprise. But if he needs any advice about that, then he can come and talk to me.”
Sterling was named man of the match, despite playing just 45 minutes of the pre-season game, which City won 5-4 on penalties.