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Grealish opens up on ‘difficult’ Villa transfer as Man City star responds to Guardiola warning

Former Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish in action for Manchester City (Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Former Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish admits he found adjusting to life at Manchester City “more difficult” than he had first imagined.

Grealish joined City for a club record £100m Premier League transfer fee last summer and has been slow to find his feet at the champions. He has made 19 league appearances for City so far this season but has scored just two goals in routs against Norwich City and Leeds United.

His boss Pep Guardiola claimed in November that he wanted to see more consistency in Grealish’s game. Asked if it will take until next season for Grealish to produce his best on the eve of City’s trip to Villa Park a few months ago, Guardiola replied: “He will be in trouble. [if so] – we want to see it now. I would say he has settled in perfectly, knows a lot of English players and the other guys are nice people.

“It’s not a problem, he’s playing well, but you have to find some time, if you analyze the games he hasn’t played badly. With the quality he has, it’s hard to go wrong. playing. Playing every three days is different for him, but he did it incredibly well. What he did at Villa was incredible, helping them get up and stay there.

Since Guardiola’s warning, Grealish has struggled with injury issues but is now starting to attract attention under the Spaniard. Grealish has started all three of City’s games since returning from a shin problem, including the FA Cup quarter-final against Southampton last time out.

The former Villa talisman has looked sharp against Manchester United and Crystal Palace in recent weeks as he and City aim to win the treble this campaign. Speaking about how he settled at the Etihad, Grealish said: “I was at Villa for 16 years, I absolutely loved my time there and then obviously I come here for the Premier Champions League Different nationalities, different egos, quite a bit of style, but different personalities, so it took some getting used to.

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