Manchester City signed Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for a record fee of £100 m. In football transfer news he is the most expensive signing ever made by an English club. Jack Grealish says his departure from Aston Villa for Manchester City was as exciting as Lionel Messi’s last press conference in Barcelona and their “breakup” as they said goodbye.
The 25-year-old first joined Villa as a six-year-old and after 20 years Manchester City signed him for a British record of £100 million on Thursday. Addressing the press for the first time as a City player, the midfielder said: “Everyone saw how Messi was in his last press conference. That’s exactly how I felt myself.”
The England player said: “Before going to the hotel I talked to the team, staff, and players and I myself got a little broken. I had a season ticket to Aston Villa since I was four and leaving the club was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made.”
“I thought it was time to move on. I always said how much football I wanted to play in the Champions League – I couldn’t do that at Villa this year. I came here to win silverware and play in the Champions League, so that’s my only focus now.”
The £100 million fee for Grealish surpassed Paul Pogba’s £89 million move to Manchester United in 2016, as the highest transfer fee paid in the history of English football. in football transfer news Grealish stated his ambitions for the club, “I came here to win trophies. I want to win as many medals as possible. I want to be as successful as I know I can be.”
The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international believes Guardiola’s manager can take his game “to the next level”. Grealish added, “I’ll learn from him every day and I really can’t wait to work with him. The way he trains is unbelievable. Some players have certain positions – it’s something I would never think about and it just works.”
Grealish said the £100 million tax “doesn’t put any pressure on me, I really like it. When you see a football club paying this kind of money for a player, it means they trust you and appreciate you very much, and see so much potential out there. I see it as a good thing and now I hope to be able to repay this football club by winning as many titles as possible and winning Champions League, a trophy we all want.”