Jack Grealish is one of Manchester United’s biggest transfer targets this summer and the Aston Villa man has gone ahead and shown his admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Grealish is currently the biggest superstar in the Aston Villa squad but is unquestionably expected to head out of the club at the end of the season. And the playmaker has admitted that he has some qualities which mirror the Man United legend.
“I love all that,” Grealish told the Express and Star. “I love when people are on my back and targeting me.
“I always remember when I was a kid – and I am not saying I am anywhere near his level – but Cristiano Ronaldo used to come to Villa and the fans used to absolutely cane him. He used to thrive off it and that is what I try to do.
“I try to thrive off the hatred from the fans.”
This admiration from Jack Grealish has really set the tongues wagging with Man United fans claiming that this is a clear indication the 24-year-old is eager to join the Old Trafford outfit.
But just to calm all the nerves, Grealish has also made it clear that his current focus is on helping out Aston Villa avoid relegation at the end of the season.
“It is probably going to be a tough run-in,” added Grealish. “But there are also teams who have not got much to play for we are playing against so you can look at it two different ways.
“I am confident we will come back and play to the best of our abilities. We are looking fit as a team, probably fitter than we were at this stage in pre-season. We still have another two weeks and hopefully, we can get fitter and more prepared than ever.
“I would probably say it is a disadvantage, if I am honest, only because of how much we have thrived on the home games this year. ‘We have won a lot more at home than we have away.
“We had six games remaining at home. We still have a game in hand and if we win the game in hand we are out of the relegation zone. It is not something we are going to sit back and moan about. It is still in our hands.
“If we win our game in hand we are out of the bottom three and ready to go for the last nine games. We can’t moan about the fact we might have had the fans there. We will just take it as it is because we are just delighted to be getting back.”