Jack Grealish says Pep Guardiola desires him to “have balls” in possession because the Manchester Metropolis attacking midfielder laughed off Graeme Souness’ newest criticism of him and his model.
It’s simply over a 12 months for the reason that homegrown Aston Villa star made an eye catching £100million swap to the Etihad Stadium.
Grealish says the elevated strain and scrutiny is “half and parcel” of representing Metropolis and England, with that mentality maybe explaining why he was capable of take Souness’ newest jibes in his stride.
The previous Scotland star this week mentioned that the 27-year-old is “not a fantastic participant” and will have improved extra since becoming a member of Metropolis, the place he thought he would suppose faster and transfer the ball faster.
“I don’t know what his downside is with me,” Grealish mentioned with amusing. “He all the time says stuff about me! However I strive to not learn lots of it.
“It’s troublesome you realize when he’s on talkSPORT, or Sky Sports activities, and it’s all over the place across the coaching floor at occasions.
“Hear, he was clearly a fantastic participant and gained so much however I do know he has lots of stuff to…I don’t know what it’s with what he says about me or what downside he’s acquired. I do know my very own potential.
“I do know earlier than that he used to say lots of stuff about me not transferring the ball faster however once I’m taking part in for a supervisor like Pep Guardiola and he’s telling me to maintain the ball as a lot as I can and have balls to take it all over the place, that’s what I’ll try to do.
“Clearly I’m all the time going to have individuals, if I’m not taking part in effectively (criticising). Hear, I do know inside myself, I all the time watch my video games again and stuff like this and I’m very important of myself.
“I do know that there have been video games, particularly within the second half of final season, the place I wasn’t at my finest in any respect.
“Sadly for me, I got here again in pre-season, I got here again match the place I’d had a robust pre-season after which acquired injured within the second sport.
“However any more, I’m simply going to try to get my head down and try to get that health again as a result of I do know I’m not at 100 per cent but. I believe I’ve solely performed one 90 minutes this season.
“However, yeah, I believe I’ll all the time have individuals on the again of me however I’ve simply acquired to try to go and carry out.”
Grealish seems to take every little thing in his stride, admitting scrutiny “in all probability impacts my household greater than it does me” having discovered to cope with it over time.
“It’s extra if somebody like my mum or my dad was saying it, I’d hear much more,” he mentioned forward of England’s Nations League conflict in Italy on Friday.
“However, yeah, typically when persons are saying it – whether or not it’s trolls on Twitter or Instagram or stuff like that – that doesn’t hassle me in any respect.
“I believe that’s simply half and parcel of what we’ve got taking part in for the nationwide staff and taking part in for large golf equipment in England.
“I don’t suppose I’m the one one, I believe there’s fairly a couple of. I believe we simply need to study to cope with that.
“Clearly over time I’ve discovered to cope with it.
“Once I signed for Man Metropolis and the worth and stuff that got here with it, I knew it wasn’t going to all be laughs, until I began the best way Erling Haaland did. I believe that’s the one approach I wouldn’t get caned!
“Clearly I’m not going to take a seat right here and say ‘nothing ever impacts me’ as a result of it does typically. I’m a 27-year-old child so I’ve needed to study to cope with that.”
Grealish has been within the highlight lengthy earlier than he grew to become a star participant on account of some off-field behaviour earlier in his profession.
The attacking midfielder’s professionalism was referred to as into query once more over the summer season following his celebrations at Metropolis’s title parade and subsequent vacation.
Grealish thinks that criticism is unfair however is aware of he has work to do to achieve his finest for Metropolis and England.
“I’m identical to a traditional child, you realize?” he mentioned. “I really feel like I used to be simply doing what lots of different footballers are doing, however typically I believe I get extra consideration once I’m on vacation in Ibiza or Vegas or one thing.
“After that then I used to be placing up pictures of me working. I don’t know if lots of people spoke about that.
“I attempted to return again as match as attainable and I felt like I did. I’ve seen the supervisor mentioned that a couple of occasions about me.
“I do know what I’m like and the way skilled I really am and hopefully I can simply get my performances again to the place I used to be, once I’m taking part in at my finest.
“I understand how good I really am once I’m at my finest so hopefully I can get that again and get my health again as rapidly as attainable.”