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Jack Grealish reveals the Premier League giant he “was really close” to joining before Manchester City move

Jack Grealish reveals the Premier League giant he “was really close” to joining before Manchester City move

Grealish breaks British transfer record

Manchester City broke the British transfer record in the summer when they splashed out 100 million pounds in order to bring Jack Grealish to the North West of England.

While it has been a tough start to life in Manchester, his quality is undeniable, and he sat down with John Percy of the Telegraph in a wide-ranging interview.

Of course, he is now a Citizen.

However, it could have been so different, with Manchester United coming calling for Grealish the season prior, ahead of the 2020-21 season. But how close did the deal get? As per Grealish himself, it was almost done:

“I was really close to going, but nothing happened in the end,” he says. “We played United in a pre-season game on Saturday and I wasn’t supposed to play in a cup game at Burton. But after the United game I said to Purslow and my agent ‘if I’m not leaving, I’ll sign my new contract’.

“I went in with my dog on Tuesday morning, signed the deal, and played later that day. We all agreed on the clause and if any team hit that, it’s a win-win because it means I’ve had an unbelievable season and Villa got £100million.”

Would he have improved their situation.

Ending his career with Villa?

Meanwhile, Aston Villa fans will love to hear the fact that Grealish wants to return to the midlands to finish his career with his boyhood club. The Manchester City man revealed:

“It’s a club that is so close to my heart and I definitely hope to go back there,”

“That’s always been in my mind. Ashley Young has done it and I want to do the same, 100 per cent.”

Will he get a warm reception from the Villa faithful?

Read more:

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
7 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
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12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
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