After joining Manchester City in a £100 million transfer from Aston Villa, Jack Grealish thinks the transition has been more difficult than imagined.When Grealish left his boyhood club to join City in the summer, he became the most expensive British player ever.
He was a regular starter under Pep Guardiola at first, but he has been in and out of the side recently, and his goal and assist output has not been as high as it was at Villa.
“I’ve got so much more to give,” he told the Telegraph ahead of facing Villa this week.
He claims that the £100 million price tag hasn’t deterred him.
“I couldn’t care less about that. There’s a spotlight on you but, if anything, it’s a nice thing to have as the first British £100million player.”
Grealish will return to Villa Park for the first time on Wednesday, and he could face a mixed greeting, with some fans disgruntled that he left in the summer.
“You can’t imagine how hard it was for me to leave,” he says. “I went for a run in the morning, a load of people took photographs of me and it was all on social [media] that I was staying.
“I came back and had to address all the players and staff. There were about 70 people there. I spoke for about a minute-and-a-half, then I had to stop because I had a lump in my throat and was crying.
“I was a bit surprised by some of the backlash when I left. I’d never want a toxic relationship with anyone there. I owe everything to them and I wouldn’t be at City without Villa.”