Manchester City midfielder, Jack Grealish has come out to say that he was really close to joining MUFC in 2020. He recently revealed that he really couldn’t care less about being the most expensive player in British football.
According to him, despite being close to signing for the Red Devils, nothing happened in the end, and he penned a new deal at Aston Villa.
Grealish added that he is just happy that he had a great final season at Villa and the club got a big amount for his departure.
His words, “I was really close to going, but nothing happened in the end.”
“We played United in a pre-season game on Saturday and I wasn’t supposed to play in a cup game at Burton. But after the United game I said to [Christian] Purslow and my agent ‘if I’m not leaving, I’ll sign my new contract’.”
“I went in with my dog on Tuesday morning, signed the deal, and played later that day. We all agreed on the clause and if any team hit that, it’s a win-win because it means I’ve had an unbelievable season and Villa got £100 million.”
“I feel Villa are going towards that [Europe] but I just didn’t know how long it was going to take for us. If I hadn’t come here, I would have regretted it forever. I remember hearing Michael Owen say the same about Real Madrid.”
“You look at most of my England team-mates – I was probably one of the last to play [in the] Champions League. You could probably count two or three who haven’t, such as Kalvin Phillips or Sam Johnstone.”
“I’ve played four times in it now and loved every moment. It’s completely different to the Premier League, a completely different standard and way of playing.”
“It’s the one we all want to win. The manager has come here and won everything else, we’re all desperate to win it and I’ve come here to try and help them.”
On City this season, “I’ve got so much more to give.”
“I’ve found it a lot more difficult than I thought I would, adapting to a different manager and team-mates. At first I thought I’d have more of the ball, get more assists and goals but it doesn’t work like that at all. I’ve had nowhere near as much of the ball as I used to get at Villa.”
“I wouldn’t say I’ve struggled, but I found it hard to get used to at the start. I’ve not had the assists and goals I got last season, but I’m never one to doubt myself.”
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