Sources: Jack Grealish 'devastated' by Man City status and fears club want to sell him
Jack Grealish is struggling to come to terms with his second-string status at Man City and fears Pep Guardiola is willing to sell him next year, sources have told Football Insider.
The club-record signing did not even come off the bench as City slumped to a shock 2-1 Premier League home defeat to Brentford last weekend, just as he did not when they lost to Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield.
Grealish, 27, has been in and out of the City side all season in a clear indication that he lies some way behind not only superstars Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne in the pecking order, but also the likes of Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan.
The player himself is said by friends to have been “gutted” and “devastated” by not getting a single minute against Liverpool in particular, City’s biggest match of the season so far.
Pep Guardiola did make one substitution late on, but instead replaced Gundogan with young striker Julián Álvarez rather than the player signed for £100million in the summer of 2021 precisely to win matches such as that one.
Grealish now fears Guardiola does not fully rate or trust him, and would happily sell him next summer, even in January, to bring in another superstar signing.
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City have an interest in Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham, among others, and there are also doubts over the futures of Gundogan and Silva.
Grealish is said to have put on a brave face behind the scenes at City and has tried to support his teammates and be and be a positive influence in the dressing room and at the training ground.
However, he increasingly believes his dream move has turned sour despite the Premier League winner’s medal and the prospect of more trophies this season.
Intriguingly, Grealish has started only six of the club’s 14 Premier League matches this season, while lining up in the starting XI for five of their six Champions League games.
His goal in the 3-0 win over Wolves is his only goal or assist from 1039 minutes in this campaign, which pales in comparison with the eyecatching scoring and creating statistics of the likes of Haaland, Foden and De Bruyne.
At former club Aston Villa the team was set up to maximise Grealish’s dribbling ability on the left flank and relied upon him for creativity and cutting edge.
At City, Grealish is one of many outstanding players and he is said to have complained behind the scenes about not having enough of the ball.
The England international has played 55 matches in total for the Premier League champions, scoring seven goals and providing four assists.