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Jack Grealish admits he teared up similar to Lionel Messi did after leaving Aston Villa in £100m Man Metropolis switch transfer

JACK GREALISH admitted he teared up like Lionel Messi as he bid farewell to his boyhood membership Aston Villa.

Grealish watched Messi break down as he left Barcelona after 20 years on the membership.


Jack Grealish was unveiled in entrance of tons of of Man Metropolis followers on Monday nightCredit: AFP


Grealish was publicly unveiled outdoors the Etihad regardless of having already performed for Manchester Metropolis within the Group ShieldCredit: AFP


Lionel Messi broke down in tears after saying he would depart BarcelonaCredit: Getty

And Grealish, 25, stated he knew precisely how the Argentine legend felt.

Grealish stated: “Everybody has seen the way in which Messi was at his remaining press convention and that’s the actual manner I felt myself. Earlier than I left, I spoke to the workforce on the resort and teared up a bit myself however I felt it was time for me to maneuver on.

“I’ve been an Aston Villa fan since I used to be 4 years outdated, I had a season ticket once I was 4, and went to the membership once I was six so there’ll at all times be hyperlinks. The large household I’ve, everyone seems to be Villa followers. It has been a loopy few days.

“One thing I haven’t skilled earlier than, I’ve been at Aston Villa my complete life so this has been completely different. Going into a brand new altering room, I’ve not accomplished that in my profession earlier than.

“It was one of many hardest choices I’ve ever needed to make. It got here down to some issues. It was one thing I simply thought I couldn’t flip down – the prospect to play Champions League soccer, to problem for trophies to play subsequent to Kevin De Bruyne who I’ve appeared as much as for the previous couple of years and to play for finest supervisor on the planet.

“I’ve at all times stated I needed to play Champions League soccer and I couldn’t do this at Villa this 12 months.

“I’m at a membership right here that has a lot potential and is probably the most profitable English aspect of the final 10 years. They confirmed a lot religion in me and I felt it was the fitting time.”

It has taken simply a few coaching periods to persuade him that Pep Guardiola can take his recreation to the subsequent degree.



Grealish turns into the most costly British participant of all time after his £100m moveCredit: AP


The 25-year-old stated hey to his new followers outdoors the stadiumCredit: Getty

He stated: “You see what he has accomplished with gamers right here, the likes of Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden.

“A couple of years again folks have been saying Phil ought to exit on mortgage and now he has remodeled him into among the best skills on the planet and Raheem is likely one of the finest wingers on the planet now.

“I feel I’m completely different to each participant on this squad. The supervisor stated I can play as a winger or an eight or quantity 10 or perhaps a false 9. I really feel like I can convey rather a lot to the workforce.

“I really feel like he can take my recreation to the subsequent degree. I’m going to be studying from him each single day. I can’t wait to study from him. The way in which he’s in coaching is unbelievable.

“A few of the techniques he has are simply out of this world. Everybody right here is so determined to play below him, so Pep was clearly a large consider me coming right here.”

Grealish believes he shall be afforded a brand new freedom at Metropolis which he didn’t have at Villa.


As their major risk opponents would try to mark him out the sport, however you may’t do this with a lot attacking risk all through the Metropolis workforce.

He stated: “Typically at Villa I did get doubled up on. As a result of there may be a lot expertise in attacking areas it could be more durable for groups to double up on me now. That may give me more room and freedom to assault gamers one-v-one.

“It might take time to search out chemistry with these gamers however I really feel after a couple of weeks I’ll have it with all of the gamers.”

After all he already is aware of a few of them from his time with England and their thrilling march to the European Championship remaining.

Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker all performed their half.


Jack Grealish has signed a six-year cope with Metropolis, protecting him on the membership till 2027Credit: Getty


Grealish can also be considered incomes a mind-boggling £200,000+ per-week on the EtihadCredit: Getty

Now they are going to be in the identical workforce at membership degree and Grealish believes Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate can solely profit.

He stated: “I spoke to those guys at England about Manchester Metropolis and so they had nothing however good phrases to say however it takes time to construct that chemistry. When you play with them week in week out you construct that.

“I feel that’s one thing Gareth would most likely like. We’re all younger and ‘Walks’ has the physique of a 20-year-old the way in which he’s so match and quick.

“We’re all striving for fulfillment with the nationwide workforce and our golf equipment. I feel that’s one thing the England supervisor would love.”

Grealish was used as an impression substitute in the course of the Euros however he needs a beginning spot in subsequent 12 months’s World Cup and believes prime performances for Metropolis will get him that.

He stated: “I need to be a daily starter for England and I imagine I will be. We now have a lot expertise within the nationwide workforce, folks that didn’t even go to the Euros.

“However I really feel if I’m performing for Manchester Metropolis week in week out and enjoying within the Champions League and performing the way in which I can I really feel it may set me as much as have a superb future with the nationwide workforce and try to begin within the World Cup and within the qualifiers.”

It’s truthful to say Grealish could be very a lot prepared for the subsequent step.

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