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“He is frightening in training,” Grealish says of ex-Manchester City teammate

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By Martin Graham | 3rd Dec 2022

Manchester City midfielder Jack Grealish has given a good review of Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus, with whom he shared the first year of his City career.

Grealish joined City in a shock £100 million move from Aston Villa last season. He was teammates with Jesus for one year before the Brazilian left the Premier League defending champions for Arsenal at the beginning of the current season. In that time, he left an indelible mark on the Englishman, as he has revealed in his latest media outing.

“Ask anyone that’s played with him – I know he’s getting more recognition now, but he’s the main man,” he said. “In training, honestly, he was frightening. I spoke to Saka last month and he was like, ‘Jack, he’s unbelievable.’ Jesus’ play is just this mix of proper rawness and skill. He’s a lovely guy, but he’s so hungry and aggressive when he plays.”

Jesus has played second fiddle to Tottenham Hotspur forward Richarlison in the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Brazil manager Title has preferred the former Everton man and his decisions have paid off as Richarlison has delivered the goods.

Jesus, however, has provided threat off the bench, mirroring how he has played for Arsenal this season.

Despite not scoring since Arsenal brushed their North London rivals aside in October bu three goals to 1, he has hit the ground running at the Emirates. His contributions have been key to Arsenal staying at the top of the table going into the World Cup break.

Grealish was also asked about Three Lions teammate Declan Rice, whose future has been the top of the transfer rumour mill in England for the better part of two years.

“Dec, I’ve played with him – and against him – for years now. But when I played with him… The way he reads the game, for someone so young, it’s like he’s been around forever. To go past him is so difficult, honestly,” he said.

“And I don’t say that about a lot of people. I’d back myself against anyone – I’d back myself against him too, obviously – but whether it’s in training or a game, the way he uses his body… He’s so smart, so big and strong. He’s so, so good.”

Grealish also spoke about his future, mentioning Spain and the US as places where he would love to play. “I have places that I’d love to play. I’d love to play in Spain one day. I’d love to play in the US. I have a lot of stuff I’d like to do,” he said.

Martin Graham is an MFF sports writer

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