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Jack Grealish risks failing to live up to the reason he gave for Man City’s £100m transfer

One of the main reasons for Jack Grealish’s move to Manchester City could be the risk that it won’t happen this season after the Champions League defeat by Real Madrid

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Manchester City midfielder Jack Grealish

When Jack Grealish made the £100million move from Aston Villa to Manchester City last summer, he cited winning trophies as the main reason for the move.

The Citizens have won eight major honors since Pep Guardiola replaced Manuel Pellegrini in 2016, including four Carabao Cup and three Premier League titles. They have also won two Community Shields and an FA Cup.

However, for the first time in a season, Guardiola’s men could not win a single trophy unless they secure the league title. City are currently a point ahead of Liverpool with four games to go.

After moving the club record from Villa last August, one of the main reasons behind Grealish’s signing was the chance to win trophies. The 26-year-old admitted he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to claim silverware.

“It’s one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, but I couldn’t refuse it,” he said last summer. “Having the chance to win trophies, play with De Bruyne and play for the best manager in the world was also a huge factor.”

The Premier League is the only competition City can win after being knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid on Wednesday. They led 4-3 before the second leg at the Santiago Bernabéu but lost 3-1 that night, 6-5 on aggregate.







A dejected Jack Grealish after Manchester City’s Champions League defeat at Real Madrid.
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Riyad Mahrez’s late strike had given City a two-goal advantage in the tie, but a quick double from Rodrygo in added time sent the game into overtime. Los Blancos were awarded a penalty in the 94th minute and Karim Benzema calmly sent Madrid into their 17th European final.

It’s another huge disappointment for the Citizens, whose wait for their first Champions League trophy continues. They came closest last season but lost 1-0 to Chelsea in Porto.

City were beaten by West Ham United in the round of 16 at the Carabao Cup, ending the battle for their fifth consecutive tournament win. Meanwhile, Guardiola’s team couldn’t quite go through in the FA Cup as they lost 3-2 to Liverpool in the semi-finals at Wembley.







Manchester City midfielder Jack Grealish was in action last month.
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With City now eliminated from every cup competition, Grealish might not win a trophy in his first season at the club. The former Notts County midfielder has scored just five goals and provided three assists in 33 games this season.

The Citizens have four crucial Premier League games ahead of them as they hunt for their fourth top-flight title in five seasons. Guardiola’s side will lift the trophy if they win their remaining games on the final day against Newcastle United, Wolves, West Ham and Villa.

Liverpool, on the other hand, are yet to take on Tottenham Hotspur, Villa, Southampton and Wolves. The title race looks set to finish, but any slip-up by City could give the Reds a chance to bag their second Premier League trophy. A disaster for Grealish, whose primary aim was to win silverware, and City may not have any despite being so close in three major competitions.

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