Sources: Jack Grealish tells friends he doesn't expect to be at Man City next season
Jack Grealish has told friends he doesn’t expect to be at Man City next season, sources have told Football Insider.
The playmaker, 27, has struggled to live up to his billing as well as massive fee and wages since his £100million move from Aston Villa in the summer of 2021.
Privately, Grealish believes the City playing style is failing to bring out the best of his individual qualities and he fears he made a mistake joining a team with such strict passing patterns.
The Premier League champions were convinced Grealish would improve an already all-conquering team when they announced his capture from Aston Villa last summer for £100million on a six-year deal.
The outlay of the Grealish deal was also jawdropping, with the £100m fee topped up by a £350,000-a-week salary over six years and costing around £210m in total.
City have struggled to get value for their money and the attacker’s mixed form is a far cry from the headline-grabbing brilliance of 2022 summer arrival Erling Haaland.
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Grealish has nearly five years remaining on his contract but he does not expect to complete them at the Etihad Stadium, or even be at the club next season.
At Villa the team was set up to maximise his 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.
Grealish has appeared six times for City this season, with his 400 minutes of action yielding a single goal and no assist.
He finally opened his account for the season with a close-range strike in the opening minute of Saturday’s league win over Wolves.
The England international has played 45 matches in total for the Premier League champions, scoring seven goals and providing four assists.