‘There’s so much talent in the squad… I fully believe we can win it this year’: Jack Grealish targets Champions League triumph in his first season at Manchester City as he is unveiled to fans for the first time since his £100m arrival from Aston Villa
- Jack Grealish was unveiled by Manchester City at a press conference on Monday
- The former Aston Villa captain made a £100m move to the champions last week
- Grealish’s move was a record British transfer and expectations are high for him
- The winger said he is targeting success in the Champions League this season
Jack Grealish is gunning straight for the Champions League with Manchester City, as the £100m man opens-up on his record transfer at an unveiling on Monday.
The Three Lions star completed a British record move from his boyhood club Aston Villa to the champions of England last week.
The winger got his first minutes in sky blue late-on in City’s Community Shield defeat to Leicester City at the weekend, and was unveiled by the club in a press conference on Monday.
Jack Grealish was unveiled by Manchester City in a press conference on Monday evening
City fans queued up to get a glimpse of their new man after he made a record £100m transfer
Grealish will face high expectations amongst Pep Guardiola’s superstar squad, and the star plans on matching them with long-awaited European success in 2022.
‘The club were so close to winning it last year, one goal away from winning it,’ Grealish told his presser on Monday evening.
‘That’s exactly why I’ve come here, that’s what the manager said to me when we’ve spoken.
‘I look around the changing room and there’s so much talent and so much depth that I fully believe we can win it this year.
Grealish made his first appearance for the Citizens at Wembley in their Community Shield loss
The winger has made a huge step up in his career, chasing his dreams of European glory
Grealish admitted he had an emotional exit from his boyhood club having been their captain
‘We have some of the best players in the Premier League and the depth in every position is just crazy. We’ll be looking to win that this season along with every other trophy.’
The 25-year-old has big ambitions as he steps up to the highest level, but revealed Lionel Messi wasn’t the only one shedding a tear over the end on an era.
Grealish is a lifelong Villa fan and joined the club as a six-year-old. The the former skipper found it tough to move on, having been Dean Smith’s talisman for so long.
‘It was one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make but it was just something I couldn’t turn down, the chance to challenge for trophies and play alongside the likes of Kevin de Bruyne who I’ve looked up to for the last few years,’ Grealish added.
‘I reported back for pre-season when the manager (Dean Smith) wanted me back. So I went back fro a few days and it was obviously difficult because I knew I might be going going. I didn’t really train, I did some stuff on my own.
Pep Guardiola has a stacked squad for the season, and will aim to take Grealish to the next level
Everyone’s seen the way Messi was yesterday at his final press conference and that’s the exact way I felt myself.
‘I spoke to the team, the staff and the players before i left and I teared up myself. I felt it was time for me to move on, I’ve always said how much I wanted to play Champions League football and I couldn’t do that with Villa this year.
‘I have a club here to have so much potential and they’ve shown so much faith in me.’