Grealish finding life at Manchester City tougher than expected

Jack Grealish said he has found it a lot more difficult to adapt to life at Manchester City than he thought it would be, as Englandโ€™s most expensive player prepares to face former club Aston Villa.

Grealish joined City from Villa in August for a league record GBP 100 million (USD 133.23 million) but has made a relatively slow start at his new club with two goals and three assists in 15 appearances.

โ€œIโ€™ve found it a lot more difficult than I thought I would, adapting to a different manager and team-mates,โ€ Grealish told the Daily Telegraph ahead of Cityโ€™s Premier League trip to Villa.

โ€œI wouldnโ€™t say Iโ€™ve struggled, but I found it hard to get used to at the start. Iโ€™ve not had the assists and goals I got last season, but Iโ€™m never one to doubt myself.โ€

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The England international also dismissed concerns about the pressure of living up to his price tag, saying he โ€œcouldnโ€™t care less about it.โ€

Manager Pep Guardiola backed Grealish to improve, saying the midfielder had the technical skills to thrive at City. โ€œAll the new players always struggle, but what he sees or what he has to do, itโ€™s so easy for him with the quality he has,โ€ Guardiola said.

โ€œMaybe (his slow start is) because he respects his mates, because itโ€™s a new environment. Thatโ€™s normal, itโ€™s a process. He needs time.โ€

Manchester City is second in the league, trailing leader Chelsea by one point. Villa is up to 13th place after winning its last two matches under new manager Steven Gerrard.

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