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"I can't have Bukayo saying that…" – Grealish says he's had to pull Saka up on one thing while on England duty

Rory O'Callaghan

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"I can't have Bukayo saying that…" – Grealish says he's had to pull Saka up on one thing while on England duty

Manchester City star Jack Grealish has opened up on his friendship with Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka and has revealed what it is like to face his England teammate in club football.

Grealish, 27, and Saka, 21, are currently away on international duty with England ahead of the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers against Italy and Ukraine.

But in a few weeks they will renew their rivalry in the Premier League, with Saka's Arsenal going head-to-head with Grealish's City for the title this season.

The Gunners are currently eight points clear of their closest rivals, having played one game more, and the two teams are due to meet next month in a mouth-watering clash at the Etihad on April 26.


Last month, City beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates, with both Saka and Grealish scoring for their respective teams.


And Grealish says he's had to pick up Saka over one incident that occurred during the match.

Grealish: Saka is a great lad


Reflecting on his friendship and rivalry with the Arsenal youngster, Grealish told The Times: "I'm playing for City on the wing, he's playing for Arsenal on the wing and we're both going for the Premier League.

"But that is another thing that the manager here at England has done so well. We feel like a group of team-mates that are together. Back at your club, you're rivals but everyone just clicks here.

"He's a great lad, Bukayo. In the game the other week, I went past someone and then me and him went shoulder to shoulder.

"I thought, 'He [the referee] has got to give it as a foul', because I can’t have Bukayo saying that he bodied me. I pulled him up on that this morning and he said it was never a foul!"


While he has his sights set on winning another Premier League title with City this season, Grealish is keen to add several other trophies to his collection.

When asked what else is on his football bucket list, he replied: "Win the Champions League."

And winning the Euro 2024 with England in Germany?

"Definitely," he added.


"We have come close so many times. I feel like the next one really could be our one. Everyone will be in their prime.

"We all want to win a tournament. I do think it's there to be done."

Featured Image Credit: YouTube & Alamy

Topics: Arsenal, Jack Grealish, Football, England, Premier League, Manchester City, Bukayo Saka

Rory O'Callaghan
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