Manchester City announced signing for Jack Grealish from Aston Villa this Thursday. It was a £100 million deal breaking the British transfer record.
Grealish leaves his boyhood club with a total of 213 appearances and scoring 32 goals in his senior career since 2014.
Jack Grealish on his transfer to Manchester City.
“I’ve been at Aston Villa for 19 years and I’ve been a fan my whole life,” Grealish wrote in a statement. “I’ve come through the ranks and captained the club back to the top tier of English football. Tokyo Olympics Football Semifinals Updates.
“It’s impossible to put my feelings into words, but I’ll try. When I first came to Villa I had my own personal dreams and ambitions like getting into the first team, scoring my first goal, and scoring the winner in a derby. It wasn’t until we got relegated that I felt a greater sense of purpose.
“Every time I put on the Villa shirt, I played with my heart on my sleeve. Being given the armband was both a privilege and an honor for me and my family and I’ve loved every minute of it.
“I want to thank the manager and my teammates, I’ll never forget everything we achieved together… and to the fans who supported me through everything, I can’t thank you enough.
“To all my coaches and all the people who work at the club behind the scenes who have done so much for me over the years — thank you.
“I’ll always be a Villa fan — I love this club with all my heart and I hope you understand my reasons for seeking a new challenge. The club is in great hands, the manager, the lads, the news signings coming in — it’s an exciting time to be a Villa fan. I’ll see you all again soon. Until next time.” USA though to the Semis at the Tokyo Olympics.
Manchester City broke the Brititsh transfer record.
It is the second time City has broken the British transfer record. The first time was the arrival of Robinho from Real Madrid in 2008.
Speaking to City TV, Grealish added: “There’s obviously a lot of reasons why I decided to come here, obviously the manager has been a massive factor in that. Playing under the best manager in the world was something I couldn’t really turn down.
“Competing for major trophies is something that I wanted to do, and it was something that, in the end, I couldn’t turn down.”
Villa had offered Jack Grealish a vastly improved deal but the 25-year-old choose to join Manchester City to win trophies and regular champions league football.
City offered a £90 million deal with winger Morgan Rogers valued at £10 million. But straight £100 million cash triggered the release clause in Grealish’s contract. Read Tokyo Olympics football quarterfinals update.