Manchester City star Jack Grealish has hit back at Graeme Souness who “always has something to say about me” and says he wishes the English media would “leave me alone”.
Grealish’s move from Aston Villa hasn’t gone entirely as he may have wished, with the England international notching just seven goals and four assists in 51 appearances for City.
But there’s a sense that the forward is an easy target and Souness certainly can’t resist having a pop whenever possible, though recently insisted he doesn’t have a problem with Grealish.
“I don’t have a problem with Grealish, I don’t have a problem with anyone,” Souness said.
“I think he’s a good player, technically he’s fantastic, but being a really good technician is only a part of the game. I don’t believe we can be critical of the modern player.
“I’m sure if I met Jack I would really like him. He’s a cheeky chappy and I’d like to have a night out with him as well, but I just feel the modern player doesn’t take criticism very well.”
But the 27-year-old reckons he’s unfairly targeted by Souness and everyone else.
He told L’Équipe: “I often feel like I just do exactly the same things as the other players, but people talk about them because it is me doing them…that’s exactly what I said in relation to Souness: he always has something to say about me.
“And he responded by saying I can’t take criticism. Today, we, the footballers, if we allow ourselves to respond to something said about us, we are portrayed as if we are people who cannot stand criticism. Sometimes I want to say to them (English media), leave me alone a bit and focus on someone else, so that I can focus on my game.
“Because there is always this noise around me, generated by articles or other things. It is undoubtedly linked to my style of play and the fact that I play in one of the biggest clubs in the world. I imagine also that the fee that Manchester City paid for me to Aston Villa contributes to this attention also.”
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