Guardiola’s defiant court declaration over claim Grealish transfer broke rules

Manchester City completed the signing of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa on Thursday in a £100million deal which set new Premier League and British transfer records

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Guardiola details why Man City splashed cash on Grealish

Pep Guardiola declares he is ready to go to court to defend Manchester City’s swoop for Jack Grealish.

City completed the signing of Grealish from Aston Villa on Thursday in a £100million deal which set new Premier League and British transfer records.

The Etihad club have been in the spotlight for their spending in recent seasons after UEFA opened an investigation into potential financial fair play breaches.

City were handed a two-year ban from the Champions League in February 2020 but successfully appealed the decision in the court of arbitration for sport.

Having signed Grealish for a record sum, Guardiola’s side remain heavily linked with a big-money bid for Harry Kane.

Grealish was handed the No. 10 jersey at his unveiling on Thursday night


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And the Spaniard insists City’s spending is all above board, with their coffers boosted by selling academy players and an £11million windfall from Jadon Sancho’s move to Manchester United.

“We have spent £40million pounds – 100 we paid and 60 we won last year. Without the 60million we could not afford it and we are more than delighted,” said Guardiola on Friday.

“We did it because we can do it. If people are not sure about it, we can go to the court and we’ll defend it. We did it perfectly.”

Meanwhile, Guardiola could not hide his excitement at securing Grealish’s services on a six-year contract as he opened up on his admiration for the England midfielder.

Asked when he first knew he wanted to sign the Villa academy graduate, the City boss responded: “Years ago, when I saw him for the first time – but then it wasn’t possible.

“You have the squad and we had to invest in other parts as those parts were weaker. But especially when I saw him on TV. I said, ‘That guy controls the tempo’.

“I love when he has the ball. He stops before the dribble and all the opponents stop as well. He controls the tempo and rhythm when he accelerates and decelerates the action.

“Then especially when I played against him – the physicality, the special mentality of how he fought against the opponents, against our players, he said, ‘I’m here’.

“I liked many things that we saw and that’s why we tried.”

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Guardiola added: “I have the feeling that he knows exactly what he has to do on the pitch.

“We saw him a lot, we suffered against him a lot. When you see this mentality and quality, that’s why we thought this was a guy who could help us maintain the level and try to raise it over the next few years.”

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