‘It’s been so much more difficult than I thought it was going to be’: Jack Grealish opens up on the pressure of his £100m move from Aston Villa to Manchester City as he says he ‘understands’ questions over his performance after summer move
- Jack Grealish became the most expensive Englishman when joining Man City
- The forward switched Villa Park for the Etihad in the summer in a £100m move
- The 26-year-old has admitted he wants to repay his new side with goals and titles
Jack Grealish has admitted he has found life at Manchester City extremely tough since joining from Aston Villa.
The forward became the most expensive Englishman of all time after completing his £100m in the summer, switching Villa Park for the Etihad after a stellar showing at the Euros with Gareth Southgate’s side.
However, he has yet to showcase the same consitency that saw him become a Premier League star with Villa, and the 26-year-old has opened up on adapting to the change of pace with the top-flight champions.
Jack Grealish has opened up on his struggles since joining Manchester City in the summer
To date, he has managed to two goals and two assists for his new side in 12 starts in the league this season.
‘I’ve done okay so far,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘I’ve got so much more to give. It’s been so much more difficult than I thought it was going to be. I’m still learning and adapting. I’ve heard some people take a year to adapt here so maybe it will be the same for me. I want to score more and set up more goals next year.
‘It’s crazy because the standards here are so high on and off the pitch. It’s unbelievable and it’s why they have been so successful over the years.
‘Having a £100m price tag means when you are going through a dry patch people ask if you are worth the money – where are his goals, where are his assists?
‘I understand that, but I have to see it as a privilege that the club wanted to spend that much money on me and I hope I can repay them with goals and trophies.
The England forward became the most expensive Englishman of all time after his £100m
‘Playing in the Champions League is completely different to the Premier League – I had never played in Europe before, and I really wanted to. It’s unbelievable to hear the Champions League anthem, it makes you pinch yourself. It’s one trophy the players here really want to win.’
Grealish was dropped for City’s last outing against Newcastle United alongside England team-mate Phil Foden, with sources suggesting that the pair had not returned to training in a satisfactory condition after being given time off following the side’s 7-0 win against Leeds.
Pep Guardiola did not hide the indiscretion when asked about it after the 4-0 victory at St James’ Park.
‘At Christmas time I pay a lot of attention to behaviour on and off the pitch. And when (behaviour) off the pitch is not proper, they are not going to play,’ he said.
‘So we have to be focused all the time because of distractions at Christmas time and everything that happens — you still have to be focused.’
Pep Guardiola dropped Grealish for their last clash with Newcastle after disciplinary issues