Grealish admits lessons learnt from Owen’s "regret" over Real Madrid move

Jack Grealish has admitted he took inspiration from Michael Owen about not wanting to live with regrets after his Manchester City transfer.

Grealish became Britain's most expensive player after leaving boyhood club Aston Villa in a £100m mega deal to join Pep Guardiola's side.

The England international was torn about leaving the club he first joined aged 6, but ultimately decided to join the Premier League champions to compete for the major honours.

Goalscoring great Michael Owen became a 'Galactico' signing at Real Madrid in 2004 after rising through the ranks and becoming a star at Liverpool.

And after hearing Owen's thoughts on his Spain switch, Grealish concluded that he didn't want to live with regrets and made the emotional decision to move on.

"I obviously spoke to the staff and players before I left but I had to stop towards the end because I was going to cry a little," Grealish told Sky Sports.

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"But it was something I couldn’t turn down.

"I read something about Michael Owen when he left for Real Madrid and he said if he didn’t move he would regret it and I didn’t want to feel the same."

Grealish was named in Guardiola's first Premier League starting lineup away to Nuno Espirito Santo's Tottenham.

There has been plenty of debate over which position he will be utilised in, but the 25-year-old is not concerned about where he plays.

"I couldn’t care less where I play, the gaffer has said he can see me play as an eight, a ten, either wings or as a false nine," he added.

"Playing with this team of players will only improve me as a player."

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