Jack Grealish told Sky Sports that life at Man City has been “a lot tougher” than he bargained for and that he has “a lot more” to give the club.
The first £ 100 million Premier League player has not yet regularly reached the level of performance that convinced Manchester City to sign him from Aston Villa in the summer, but he has still managed to score and assist two goals each from 12 league games. .
Grealish was dropped by Pep Guardiola as City beat Newcastle last weekend, a consequence of images posted in the telegraph showing the 26-year-old leaving a nightclub with team-mate Phil Foden following their previous win over Leeds, with City reportedly not happy with the couple’s condition when they arrived for a recovery session the next day .
But he could return to the Premier League champions squad right away to face Leicester on Boxing Day, and he’s keen to show the Etihad crowd what he can do in 2022.
“So far I’ve done well,” he said. “I have a lot more to give. It’s been a lot harder than I thought. I’m still learning and adapting. I’ve heard some people take a year to adapt here, so maybe it will both be the same for me. I want to score more and more. set more goals next year.
“It’s crazy because the standards here are so high on and off the pitch. It’s incredible and that’s why they have been so successful over the years.
“Having a price tag of £ 100 million means that when you are going through a period of crisis people ask you 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 The club wanted to spend so much money on me and I hope I can pay it back with goals and trophies.
“Playing in the Champions League is completely different from the Premier League: I had never played in Europe before and I really wanted to. It’s amazing to hear the Champions League anthem, it makes you pinch. It’s a trophy that the players here really want to win.”
Euro ‘the best summer of my life’
The year 2021 was certainly not bad for Grealish: having captained Aston Villa in 11th place last season, he appeared five times as England reached the Euro 2020 final and played a role in both. the goals in winning the round of 16. Germany at Wembley.
After dealing with the heartbreak of the penalty in the final against Italy, many of the Three Lions team took off their second-place medals soon after handing them over – but with time forever a healer, Grealish said he can now look back. with fond memories of what was a historic summer for the national team.
He said: “Playing for England in the summer was incredible. Now he’s gone, I think back to the memories, the photos and the videos and I realize how special he was. It was a shame to lose on penalties, it’s one of the worst ways to lose. Looking back, it was definitely the best summer of my life. It was special for the country, the players and our families. It was a shame we didn’t get to the bottom of it, but it makes us better. motivated to go all the way to the World Cup next year.
“Of course, we can win the World Cup. I’m not going to sit here and say we will win it. We certainly have a good chance and the way we played in the European Championships gives us the conviction that we can win the World Cup.
“I came here to City to try to win trophies. Here’s what you watch when your career ends: trophies and medals. Losing to England made me want to win even more with City. We are playing fantastic football at City. moment and we’re giving ourselves a really good chance to go ahead and win some trophies. That’s why I came here. “