Jack Grealish wants to play in Major League Soccer at some point
The Manchester City midfielder talked about his first six months under manager Pep Guardiola, his dreams and Major League Soccer future.
Jack Grealish was given the No. 10 jersey and signed a six-year contract with Manchester City this summer. According to multiple reports, the club managed by Pep Guardiola paid around $132 million to Aston Villa to bring in the talented English midfielder.
No pressure on price-tag
He has not felt the pressure at the Etihad stadium due to the price-tag on his back and so far this season Grealish has made 13 appearances, giving two assists and scoring twice. During an interview with ProSoccerTalk, the 26-year-old talked about his first few months with Manchester City.
“Stats are important because at the end of the day that is what people look at, how many goal involvements do us attackers have. Especially when you come to the club with the price-tag that I did, you don’t get some for a few games and everyone starts to talk and you start to almost doubt yourself a little bit,” Grealish added.
“They [stats] are important but there will be times when you are playing well but the goals and assists just aren’t coming. That is what it has felt like recently. That Watford game the other day, I could have scored about four or five and I came off the pitch with nothing! Even the Leeds game as well, we scored seven goals and I only got one. I’m trying to keep on improving all the time and I know the longer I’m going to be here the more I will improve.”
His contract with the Citizens will end in 2027 when he turns 32-years-old and Grealish talked about his plans to play in Major League Soccer. “100 percent, I’ve always said that,” Grealish added. “I said it to my Dad not long ago actually, when we were just speaking about anything. I said to him it was something that would definitely stand out. I’ve always loved the U.S. and I think MLS is something that is really coming on now.
“One of my ex-teammates Carles Gil had a really good year there this year (named MLS MVP for 2021). I follow him on Instagram and keep up to date with what he’s doing. I know he had a really good season for the New England Revolution and he’s captain, and I played with him when he was at Villa. Seeing how much he’s enjoying himself over there, and stuff like that, definitely in the future I could see myself playing in America.”