“Shut up and sit in your ice bath!” Jack Grealish reveals which Manchester City star is the ‘best professional i’ve ever seen’

Jack Grealish has branded superstar striker Erling Haaland ‘the best professional I have ever seen’, but admitted that he could never live like the Norwegian and follow his strict regime.

Speaking after he broke the Premier League record for the most goals in a single season with his 35th strike against West Ham in midweek, Haaland revealed what he planned to do to celebrate.

“I will go home, play some video games, eat and then sleep”, the 22-year-old told Sky Sports. “Tomorrow I must think about Leeds.”

And Grealish has revealed that his professionalism extends to 24 hours per day, with his full schedule taken up with football, something that the resurgent winger admits he could never achieve.

‘Look at Erling. He is the best professional I have ever seen. His mindset is something you won’t see again. He does everything. Recovers. In the gym. Ten hours of treatment a day. Ice baths. Diet. That’s why he is what he is. But I swear I couldn’t be like that”, he told the Daily Mail.

‘We have a great friendship but he will point at me after a game and say, “Hey, don’t you go out tonight partying”. I just tell him to shut up and go and sit in his ice bath. But that’s us. Two different people doing well in our own way.

‘I am not as successful as him. He has scored more goals this season than I have in my whole career. But if he did what I occasionally did he would be like, “F***ing hell I feel terrible today”.

‘I have a release that’s different to his. He is going home and sitting with his family and having a takeaway. Sometimes that’s my choice, too. I love doing that. But sometimes I like to go out and let my hair down.

‘I am not gonna sit here and lie and say I don’t go out. What’s the point? It’s also pointless telling you I am here at 8am going in the gym and that’s the reason I am playing well. It’s not.

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