Manchester City and England star Jack Grealish has grabbed the headlines on social media on Friday, after hitting back at a report which suggested that he had damaged his status as an Aston Villa icon.
The name of gifted midfielder Grealish of course took centre stage in the media this summer.
This came amid a lengthy transfer saga surrounding the 25-year-old, which saw Premier League champions Man City set their sights firmly on his signature.
Despite the wealth of creative options at his disposal, Pep Guardiola evidently came to the decision that Grealish stood as the missing link from his midfield ranks, prompting the board at the Etihad into a record-breaking proposal.
The offer tabled? £100 million.
In turn, despite suggestions that Aston Villa were prepared to stave off any and all bids for their long-time talisman, it came as little surprise when those in a position of power at the club ultimately caved.
Grealish’s Manchester switch was therefore finally confirmed early in August, in a Premier League benchmark deal.
OFFICIAL: Manchester City sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for a Premier League record £100M/$140M ✨ pic.twitter.com/6Ur3ReQX3e
— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 5, 2021
‘Don’t understand what goes on’
Grealish’s Villa exit was inevitably met with something of a mixed reaction on the part of the Claret and Blue faithful.
Some fully understood the decision taken by their captain, with the opportunity to play under Pep Guardiola whilst competing for football’s top honours on a yearly basis a difficult one to turn down.
Others, however, quickly turned on Grealish, calling into question both his loyalty and character.
And, on Friday, the 25-year-old has opted to hit back.
The round of comments to have seemingly left Grealish feeling as though he had no choice but to speak out and defend himself came courtesy of Ashley Preece of the Birmingham Mail.
In an article focusing on an interview carried out by the midfielder ahead of England’s meeting with Hungary on Thursday, Grealish is accused of disrespecting his boyhood club, amid an air of ‘smugness and arrogance’.
And, evidently, such suggestions have since been taken to heart by the player himself.
Taking to the comments section of Preece’s post on Twitter, Grealish did not hold back, labelling the piece ‘the worst and most one sided article I’ve ever seen’, before suggesting that the Birmingham Mail columnist simply ‘doesn’t understand what goes on in the real football world’.
Check out Grealish’s response in full below:
This is the worst and most one sided article I’ve ever seen.. Classless? Jealous? Couldn’t wait to get out? Arrogance? How exactly? I’ve been a villa fan my whole life and still am. The thing is you don’t understand what goes on in the real football world.
— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish) September 3, 2021
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