Jack Grealish joined Manchester City from Aston Villa for a British record £ 100 million in the summer; The English international, who has scored twice in 15 games so far this season, could return from injury to face the former club at Villa Park on Wednesday.
Pep Guardiola says Jack Grealish should do his best for the rest of the season, but he has praised the way the club’s record signing has settled at Manchester City.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph published on Tuesday, Grealish admitted that it has been more difficult for him to play for City than he expected since leaving his childhood club, having scored two goals in his 15 appearances with the club so far. .
When asked if Grealish can take until next season to perform at his best, Guardiola said: «I don’t think so, we will be in trouble! We have to see him right now, the best of course. We have six or seven months ahead of us. .
«Of course not, I’m not thinking about the best of Jack Grealish we’ll see next season. I want to see him this season!»
Despite wanting more, Guardiola is happy with Grealish’s initial impact at the Etihad Stadium.
«I’d say he settled in perfectly. I think it’s easy because he knows a lot of English players here and the other guys are sometimes too (sic) nice people,» Guardiola added.
“It is not a problem, he plays well, he has to finish settling down, to find a real flat to live in. You always need a little time.
«If you analyze the games [and if] he played badly. Absolutely not. With the quality that he has it is difficult to play badly. But the way we play and the expectations every few days … It is completely different from what he does.» he lives in Aston Villa, but he did incredibly well there.
«The commitment to the club was amazing, going to the second division he could leave [but] stay there and move up and then stay in the first division. The second season in the first division was incredible.
«He Now he comes back injured from the international break and, hopefully, he returns step by step to his best form.»
Ahead of the trip to Villa, City are second in the Premier League, one point behind league leaders Chelsea, and have qualified for the Champions League round of 16 with a game to spare.
Aston Villa head coach Steven Gerrard has urged Villa supporters to give Grealish a warm reception if his former club captain is fit enough to show up on Wednesday.
«Jack deserves a warm welcome. I have no doubt that he will receive it, this is his club and it will be when he finishes his career because he was here when he was a child,» Gerrard said Tuesday.
«He went through the academy, the club has benefited a lot from what Jack has given and we wish him very much the best for the rest of his career. But obviously not tomorrow in 90 minutes!»
«I can feel what happened because I myself have been there when you have the opportunity to leave your club.»