Jack Grealish: Manchester City recruits England star from Aston Villa

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Grealish, 25, joins City from Aston Villa after making 213 appearances and scoring 32 goals for the Birmingham club in eight seasons.

“I am incredibly happy to have joined Manchester City,” Grealish said in a statement posted on City’s website.

“City are the best team in the country with a manager considered to be the best in the world – it is a dream come true to be part of this club,” added Grealish, referring to City manager Pep Guardiola.

“Over the past 10 seasons they have consistently won major trophies. Pep coming here has taken them to the next level and the football this team plays is the most exciting in Europe. Playing for Pep and learning from him is going to be special. and that’s something any better footballer would want. “

Although the charges were not disclosed by the clubs involved, UK media reported that City had made an offer worth £ 100million ($ 139million) for Grealish.

“I always remember Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez telling me when we broke the transfer record for a British player with Gareth Bale in 2013” you will only make a deal like this one only once in your life, “” David Manasseh, executive chairman of ICM Stellar Sports, the agency that represents Grealish, told CNN.

“So I’m glad we did it again and I’m very happy for Jack, who fully deserves his success.”

The reported transfer fee eclipses both the € 105million ($ 124million) Manchester United paid Juventus to bring midfielder Paul Pogba back to the club in August 2016 and the € 100million ( $ 118 million) that Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale in 2013.

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Grealish becomes Manchester City’s record signing, surpassing the € 68million ($ 79.2million in September 2020) the club paid to acquire the services of Portuguese center-back Ruben Dias from Benfica.

Grealish is leaving Villa after joining the Midlands club at the age of six.

He made his senior debut for Villa against Manchester City in May 2014 and has been captain of his childhood club since March 2019.

The playmaker has established himself as a cult figure for the club, playing a pivotal role in their promotion to the Premier League in the 2018-19 season and scoring the decisive goal that ensured the club’s survival in the Premier League in the 2019-20 season.

Grealish won his first senior selection in England in September 2020 and was part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad in the Euro 2020 final this summer.

England's Jack Grealish pays tribute to the fans after the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship final against England.

Grealish’s arrival at the Etihad Stadium comes on top of a scintillating attacking roster that already includes Belgian Kevin De Bruyne, Englishman Raheem Sterling and Algerian Riyad Mahrez, among others.

“Pep loves the way he plays, and we all think he is an ideal candidate for Manchester City. Our style and his style match perfectly. I am delighted to watch him in the years to come,” said the director of football. from City, Txiki Begiristain. the City’s website said.

City’s attacking prowess could be further boosted with British media tying the club to a decision for England and Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.

City will look to defend their English Premier League title when the new season begins on August 13.

Guardiola’s side will also be desperate to win an elusive Champions League title after being beaten 1-0 by Chelsea in last season’s final.

David Close contributed to this report.

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