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“It’s tough …” – Man City signing Jack Grealish delivers verdict on best position ahead of community shield clash


The 25-year-old sealed his arrival at the Etihad Stadium with a six-year contract, which will keep him in east Manchester until 2027.

Grealish is now officially the most expensive signing in Premier League history – a record previously held by Paul Pogba when Manchester United signed the France international for £ 89million from Juventus in 2016.

After passing medical exams at the City Football Academy (CFA) on Thursday morning, Grealish met his new teammates and manager Pep Guardiola, and after completing his internal media duties he was confirmed as a City player.

Speaking about his privileged position to play, the England international said: “It’s difficult. People always ask me what my best position is, and I prefer that other people tell me!

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“Honestly, I prefer being on the pitch, just playing. I think the way this team (City) is set up to play is fine for me, the way the manager wants to play is fine with me.”

Grealish, who is set to make his City debut against Leicester City in the Community Shield on Saturday, added that he had previously spoken to Guardiola about where he could fit in after making a top-tier transfer to the five times Premier League winners.

He said: “Personally, I think I can fill in like one of the number eight, like a number ten, on the wing, or even a false nine, like Kevin (De Bruyne), Phil (Foden) and Raz (Raheem Sterling) have done it before.

“I feel like I can play in a lot of positions, and one thing I can say is that when I’m on the pitch, I’ll give my best wherever I play.”

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The playmaker mentioned that the competition for the major trophies was one of the biggest factors in his decision to move to City for a British record price.

The Villa Academy graduate further said he could not turn down the opportunity to work under City boss Pep Guardiola, whom he considers to be the best manager in world football.

Grealish also spoke about how City’s current stars in the England squad played a key role in his move to Manchester blue side, where he will see familiar faces in the dressing room of his time representing his country.

The Birmingham-born midfielder has previously mentioned that he looks forward to playing regularly alongside Phil Foden, 21, with whom Grealish has developed a special bond off the pitch on international duty.

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