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Man City star Jack Grealish responds to “pressure” of £100m transfer fee

Grealish has taken the number 10 shirt following his £100million transfer from Aston Villa and is hoping to hit the ground running when City take on Tottenham on Sunday

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Jack Grealish is confident that he can live up to his transfer fee after joining Manchester City from Aston Villa for £100million.

Grealish became the most expensive player in British history when he joined Pep Guardiola’s side on a six-year contract last week.

The 25-year-old midfielder has therefore topped the £89m Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba in 2016.

The England international has taken the number 10 shirt vacated by Man City legend Sergio Aguero, who joined Barcelona on a free transfer.

Some might consider a record transfer fee an extra pressure to deal with, but Grealish says he views it as a positive rather than a negative.



Grealish was unveiled to Man City fans and the media on Monday
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“No it hasn’t sunk in yet actually,” he told the media on Monday. “It means so much to me that the club were willing to spend that much money on me.

“If anything it just fills me with confidence. I don’t think there’s any pressure on that price tag at all. It just shows how much the club value me and that just gives me confidence going forward.

He added: “It doesn’t put any pressure on me. I take that as a compliment, I like it, it’s a good tag to have.









“When you see a club paying that sort of money it means they trust you and value you highly, they see so much potential there to work with.

“I hope now I can repay the whole club by winning as many titles as possible and winning that trophy we all want.”

Grealish should be well equipped to deal with the pressure on him at the Etihad Stadium, given his previous playmaker status with Aston Villa.

And having played a part in England’s run to the Euro 2020 final this summer, he is excited about the challenge of stepping up for the defending Premier League champions.



Grealish made his Man City debut in the 1-0 Community Shield defeat by Leicester on Saturday
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“I’ve been playing for the national team now for a year so I’ve kind of got used to it,” he said when asked about the change.

“There’s a lot of players that can create as well, we also had players at Villa who could create as well.

“I can’t wait to play with these players. Sometimes at Villa I would get doubled up, here it would be more difficult because there’s so much talent all over the pitch that it might be harder for teams to double up on me which will give me more space and freedom to attack players one-v-one.







“It can take time, you need to find that chemistry, but after a few weeks I’ll have that and will look forward to it.”

City already have a plethora of creative and attacking options but Grealish believes he offers something different to Guardiola’s other players.

“I’m different to every player in this squad,” he said.

“Raheem [Sterling] and wingers can go in behind, Riyad [Mahrez] is an out and out dribbler, Phil [Foden] has a bit of everything.

“I feel I can bring a lot to the team and that’s what the manager has brought me here for. Whether I’m a winger or an eight, 10, false nine, I feel I can bring a lot.”

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