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Grealish opens up on failed Man Utd transfer, explains why Man City move is ‘win-win’

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England international Jack Grealish has opened up on his failed transfer to Man Utd and called his Man City move a ‘win-win’.

The left winger came through the ranks at boyhood club Aston Villa. After spending a season on loan at Notts County, he returned to make his mark for the Villans in the 2014-15 campaign.

Over the next few years, Grealish became an integral player for the West Midlands outfit. He was soon named captain, helping them to gain promotion to the Premier League in 2019.

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Grealish’s record of 17 goals and 20 assists over the following two seasons meant it was no surprise when big clubs came looking for his signature.

Man Utd were hoping to land the attacker, only for a deal to fall through in the summer of 2020.

During an interview with The Telegraph, Grealish was quizzed about the potential move to Old Trafford.

“I was really close to going, but nothing happened in the end,” he said. “We played United in a pre-season game on Saturday and I wasn’t supposed to play in a cup game at Burton.

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“But after the United game I said to Christian Purslow [Villa’s CEO] and my agent, ‘if I’m not leaving, I’ll sign my new contract’.

“I went in with my dog on Tuesday morning, signed the deal, and played later that day.”

The star’s long-term contract included a release clause worth £100m, for Champions League clubs only.

Reigning Prem champions Man City matched it in August, making Grealish the most expensive British player of all time.

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“We all agreed on the clause and if any team hit that, it’s a win-win because it means I’ve had an unbelievable season and Villa got £100m,” Grealish added.


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Guardiola analyses Grealish start

Grealish is in contention to play against his former club for the first time when City travel to Villa Park on Wednesday.

At the pre-match press conference, Guardiola said: “He started perfectly. It’s easy because he knows many English players and the other guys are nice people.

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“Not a problem, he plays good. He needs to finish to settle and needs time.

“If you analyse games, he doesn’t play bad. The quality he has is difficult to play bad.

“The way we played and expectations. It’s different to what he lives in Birmingham. He did incredibly well there, his commitment to the club. Going to the second division to not leave and to stay and get promoted, then stay in the first season and what Villa did last season.

“Now this break come back from England injured, hopefully he comes back and step by step finds his best form.”

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READ MORE: Arsenal present ‘attractive’ option for Man City star as huge Premier League transfer moves closer

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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘can leave Man Utd on one condition’ after crunch Richard Arnold talks

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Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Manchester United in the summer on one condition after talks between his representatives and Richard Arnold, according to reports.

One of the greatest players of all time, Ronaldo’s return to Man Utd prompted much excitement in the summer. More than a decade after leaving the club for Real Madrid, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner returned in a transfer from Juventus.

Some questions were asked of how he would affect the balance of the team and whether it was a short-sighted move. Intrinsically, though, the 36-year-old’s comeback at Old Trafford was a momentous move for the club.

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Both parties reunited with the expectation of challenging for honours again together. But the first half of the season was complicated for United. It led to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer losing his job as manager.

Ralf Rangnick replaced him on an interim basis until the end of the season. He has inherited a big task – and how he does may have implications for Ronaldo’s future.

According to The Sun, a meeting between Ronaldo’s representatives and new chief executive Arnold has led to the conclusion that the Portuguese ace will be allowed to leave the club if they do not qualify for the Champions League.

After 20 matches of the Premier League season, Man Utd are in seventh place. They need to catch up with the top four in the final few months of the campaign.

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If not, they could risk losing Ronaldo one year ahead of schedule. He signed a contract until 2023 when he returned to the club and intends to keep playing until he is 40.

But he wants to do so at the top level and will therefore not be against moving on if United cannot guarantee him Champions League football.

Cristiano Ronaldo has Man Utd concerns

It would prompt another minor rebuild in the summer and raise further questions of the direction in which they are heading.

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Ronaldo is said to be particularly concerned about a lack of intensity at Carrington. It is not what he was used to during his first spell with the club.

But there is still time for them to ensure his second stint lasts as long as it should. They will need to reverse their form though to keep him on side. If not, Ronaldo may be on the move again in 2022.

So far this season, he has scored 14 goals and provided three assists from 21 matches for United. His overall record for the club is 132 goals and 72 assists from 313 games. But if they cannot keep up with his ambition, he may only have six months to add to them.


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Insider reveals Ronaldo feelings

Earlier this month, The Sun carried quotes from a source revealing how Ronaldo was feeling disillusioned already.

The source revealed: “Cristiano is very concerned about what is happening at United.

“The team is receiving a lot of criticism and he knows he is regarded as one of the leaders.

“There are quite a lot of problems and Cristiano is feeling the pressure and is very stressed by the situation.

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“He desperately wants his United move to be a success. But he is starting to recognise that winning trophies with the current set up could be a real struggle.

“Jorge [Mendes, agent] came to see him and they spent time chatting through how things are going, what they think are the problems, how they might be solved and what the solutions may be.

“Nothing has been ruled out.”

READ MORE: Negotiations ‘underway’ as Anthony Martial says yes to unexpected loan switch

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Newcastle transfer options take double hit with defender injured and striker nearing exit

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Newcastle United’s transfer options have taken a double hit with a defensive target now injured and a potential striker signing nearing an exit.

The Magpies were always going to find the January transfer tricky. And sure enough, they’ve encountered a variety of issues when pursuing transfers to help them get out of their current predicament in the Premier League.

Lille blocked their approach for centre-back Sven Botman, Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek didn’t want to join them, and Eden Hazard won’t leave Real Madrid.

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Now two further issues have been discovered. The first relates to Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti.

It was hoped that he could a loan signing, with all parties open to that option. But that deal is now out of the question.

As per Mundo Deportivo, Umtiti will be sidelined for three months following surgery on his foot.

That leaves Sevilla’s Diego Carlos as the sole centre-back Newcastle are currently in the hunt for. Ideally, if they can get him signed then another will be wanted.

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And at the other end of the pitch, there has also been a hitch in the club’s plans.

That’s because according to Fabrizio Romano, Borussia Monchengladbach are in talks with Zenit St. Petersburg over the sale of their striker Alassane Plea.

Plea is one of the Toon’s attacking targets to replace the goals of the injured Callum Wilson. Reports from his native France indicated Howe viewed him as an ideal Chris Wood partner.

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And with him being good friends with Allan Saint-Maximin, there was belief a deal could be done.

But now it seems Russian side Zenit have swooped in. Romano also notes that Atalanta are still reluctant to sell fellow Magpies target, Duvan Zupata.

Alternative Newcastle target suggested

Meanwhile, a pundit has told Newcastle to move for former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.

The Spaniard bagged 58 goals in 120 games for Chelsea during a three-and-a-half-year spell at Stamford Bridge. He helped the Blues to win two Premier League titles and one EFL Cup.

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He left England to re-join Diego Simeone’s team in January 2018, before going on to sign for Atletico Mineiro in August.

The 33-year-old is now a free agent after terminating his contract in Brazil. And those on Tyneside have been urged to “sign him tomorrow”…

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