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On Wednesday, it was widely reported that City had agreed a Premier League record £100 million deal with Aston Villa for their captain and talisman.
The move was then made official on Thursday evening after Grealish completed a medical and signed a six-year contract at the Etihad Stadium.
HE'S HERE!- Manchester City (@ManCity) August 5, 2021
We are delighted to announce the signing of @JackGrealish on a six-year deal.
Welcome to City, Jack! :blue_heart:
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Although his contributions for England at Euro 2020 raised his profile and generated a new level of hype, Guardiola has been on the Grealish bandwagon for a fair amount of time.
In October 2019, after City beat Villa 3-0, Guardiola showered Grealish with praise in his post-match presser.
"He's incredible. A top player. I'm happy he stayed in the Championship to defend his club when he could have gone," Guardiola said.
"He's a talented player. He's fast in the final third, vision and he always creates something. [Grealish] is an exceptional player but too expensive for Manchester!"
This might just be one of Pep's best ever videos. pic.twitter.com/VMx6HHo7ff
- TJ (@TJ93_2) August 4, 2021
Guardiola continued to share his admiration for the 25-year-old and later described him as "one of the best players in the league".
"I rate him very highly. He's somebody I mentioned before, talking to the teammates at City, in a random conversation," De Bruyne said ahead of Grealish's first competitive start for England in a defeat to Belgium last year.
"In England they talked about creative problems in midfield, but he brings that to a team. He deserves a shot."
Grealish, who inherits the No.10 shirt from Sergio Aguero, will line up alongside De Bruyne in a stunningly creative City midfield.
Grealish's versatility is one of his best qualities but according to The Athletic, Guardiola is planning on playing him as a No.8 as opposed to on the left-flank.
He is to be rotated with City's Ilkay Gundogan, who enjoyed his best goalscoring season last term.
Grealish, who scored six goals and registered 12 assists for Villa in 2020/21, could make his City debut in this Saturday's Community Shield.
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