Grealish relishing £100 million tag as he targets Champions League, World Cup glory
11 August 2021 | 6:23 am
"I'm desperate to win the Champions League and obviously keep hold of the Premier League title", says Jack Grealish as he enjoys the tag of becoming the most expensive English player in history following his £100 million ($139 million) transfer to Premier League champions Manchester City from Aston Villa.
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