Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards has wished Jack Grealish all the very best in an Instagram post following confirmation of his £100m move from Aston Villa to the Etihad Stadium.
Grealish was officially unveiled as a City player on Thursday evening, putting pen to paper on a five-year contract after the reigning Premier League title holders broke two records to add him to Pep Guardiola’s squad.
As well as making Grealish the club’s most expensive footballer of all time, City also ensured that the England international would become Britian’s most expensive signing in history.
The attacking midfielder, who has been given the number 10 shirt, will add another injection of creativity to Guardiola’s star-studded list of attacking talent, meaning all eyes will now be on the City boss to see how he incorporates the former Villa captain into his strongest starting line-up.
Following the announcement confirming his arrival at the Etihad Stadium, Grealish was sent a wave of messages on social media from City supporters, Villa fans, former Villa team-mates and pundits.
Among them was a message from former City right-back Richards, who also spent time at Villa Park during his playing days.
Taking to Instagram, Richards posted: “All the best @jackgrealish @mancity!!! Gave everything for Villa.”
Grealish most certainly did give everything for Villa, who will remain very close to his heart having supported them throughout his life and been on their books since just six years old.
However, the pulling power of getting the opportunity to play in the UEFA Champions League proved to be just too big an opportunity for the former Notts County loanee to turn down.
“There was quite a few factors as to why I wanted to come like we just mentioned, competing for trophies,” Grealish admitted. “Playing in the Champions League was a massive thing for me, I haven’t done that yet.
“When I am sitting there on a Tuesday or Wednesday night last year it was just what I wanted to do. To be able to do it with this club is going to be a dream.”
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