Phil Foden expects Grealish to be a key player

Phil Foden insists Jack Grealish will be a key player for Manchester City as they try to defend the Premier League title this season. Having picked up an injury in the Euro 2020 tournament, Foden is expected to miss the first three games for City as they start their title defence away to Tottenham on Sunday.

Speaking to Sky Sports on Jack Grealish’s record move to City Foden said “We are close, when I first went to England we just got on really well on and off the pitch. I’m really happy he’s signed here. He’s fearless on the ball. He can just change a game on his own, so I believe that he’s a really special player and he’s going to be key for us.”

Hopefully I can get back playing with him and enjoy my football. It’s still a little bit sore [the foot]. It was such a shame to do it before the Euro final, but I’m working hard in the gym. Hopefully it flies by and I can get back on the pitch.”

The manager likes to rotate, and there’s a lot of games to be played. I’m sure there won’t be one XI for the full year. Everyone’s going to play a part. Everyone is happy about that, they’re ready to play and the manager makes us feel loved.”

Speaking on the title defence Foden said “Once you’ve won it it’s really hard to retain it, going into this season we’re going to be the team to beat. We will have to live up to that with the players we’ve got. I’m confident and can’t wait to go.”

There’s so many great teams, that’s the fun of the Premier League. I couldn’t give you one opponent, everyone has strengthened, it’s going to be a really challenging season.”

The England international revealed he was disappointed on getting injured right before the Euro 2020 final. He added “I remember speaking to the manager when I got injured and just burst out crying – the devastation that I was injured.”

But I was just praying on the day that the team won, it’s just unfortunate that we didn’t. We have to be proud of ourselves, what we did, we created history getting to a final and the next time we go into a major tournament it can only help us.”

[After the final] it was so good to see how together everyone was in the changing room. It was a special moment to share with the team. Come the World Cup, those experiences at Wembley can only help us.”

Source: Sky Sports

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