Man City "could sell" Grealish with star "not looking like he’s enjoying it"

Paul Merson claims Jack Grealish could be sold this summer despite only joining the club last year.

The Manchester City star was purchased from his boyhood club Aston Villa in 2021 for a British record of £100million. But the attacker has struggled to find his feet at the Etihad, with pundit Merson being one of his critics.

The former Arsenal playmaker, 54, said that the Birmingham-born player has not fitted into manager Pep Guardiola’s system. Merson wrote about the 26-year-old in his column on Sky Sports: "I had a feeling it would be like this – I didn't get the move to Man City. He's a top player, I'm a big fan of Jack. I didn't see it working really though.

"From the age of six he's been taught to get the ball, dribble with it and beat everybody. From the age of six. Then he comes through the ranks, gets into the Villa team and keeps doing that, and then goes to a team that is all pass, pass, pass. 20 years he's been taught one way and now he's got to stop doing that and pass the ball. And it's hard. It's hard.

"He's been getting the ball, beating the world, and then do what you want Jack. Now, he gets the ball and has to pass it. He might turn round and say he's loving every minute, but I think he's finding it difficult at the moment."

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Merson continued: "He's got to keep playing a certain way, they want to pass and they all know what they're doing. They have a plan, and he doesn't play that way. He gets on the ball and he wants to beat people, now he's got to change that at 25, 26 years of age. I don't think he's going to get used to doing it. I think they might sell him, I might be wrong. Maybe not this summer, but is the lad enjoying it? You've got to ask him."

Grealish – who has five goals and three assists to his name this campaign- departed Villa in the hope of winning major trophies – but Man City fell out of the Champions League after losing to Real Madrid last week, meaning the only silverware they win will be domestic.

The Premier League title is in their hands, however, after Liverpool could only manage to earn a point against Tottenham on Saturday in the 1-1 at Anfield. It means that Guardiola’s side just needs to win their remaining three games and they will clinch the title.

Despite Merson's words, it's clear Grealish is enjoying the tail-end of the season a lot more. He starred in his side's 5-0 battering of Newcastle on Sunday at the Etihad and it was considered an impressive display from the England international.

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