Manchester City have signed England midfielder Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for a British record £100m.
The 25-year-old joins the Premier League champions on a six-year contract and will wear the number 10 shirt recently vacated by Sergio Aguero. The fee surpasses the £89m Manchester United paid to re-sign midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus in 2016. “City are the best team in the country with a manager considered to be the best in the world,” said Grealish. “It’s a dream come true to be part of this club.” The move makes Grealish the ninth most expensive footballer in history. He could make his debut for Pep Guardiola’s side in Saturday’s Community Shield against Leicester City at Wembley. A boyhood Villa fan, Grealish joined the club aged six and made 213 appearances in all competitions, scoring 32 goals. He said: “It was obviously a difficult few months because I have been an Aston Villa fan for my whole life, but when I spoke to the manager here and you see what type of players they have got here, in the end it was something I couldn’t say no to. “Competing for major trophies is something that I wanted to do. It was something I couldn’t turn down. “Playing in the Champions League was a massive thing for me, I haven’t done that yet. When I was sitting there on a Tuesday or Wednesday night last year it was just what I wanted to do. To be able to do it with this club is going to be a dream. “I had a long chat with [Pep Guardiola] about positions and stuff like that, all football. It was such a positive chat and shows why I want to play under him. “The way this team is set up to play suits me down to a tee, the way the manager likes to play suits me.” City director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “Jack’s development over the past few seasons both for club and country has been plain for everybody to see. “His natural talent together with his commitment to improve as a player has seen him become one of the most exciting attacking players in world football today.”