Manchester City have completed the signing of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for a reported fee of £100m, which is the biggest deal in English football history.
The 25-year-old will join the Premier League champions on a six-year deal afterMan City
activated the £100m release clause in his Villa contract.
The transfer fee surpasses the previous record held by
when he moved toManchester United
for £93.25m from Juventus in 2016.
On the announcement, Jack Grealish said:
"I am incredibly happy to have joined Manchester City.
"City are the best team in the country with a manager considered to be the best in the world - it's a dream come true to be part of this club.
"Over the past 10 seasons, they have won major trophies consistently. Pep (Guardiola) coming here has taken them to the next level and the football this team plays is the most exciting in Europe.
"To play for Pep and learn from him is going to be special and it's something any top footballer would want.
"The facilities are amazing, and I honestly can't wait to get started, meet everyone and get playing."
Director of Football
"We are absolutely delighted to be able to welcome Jack Grealish to Manchester City. He is an incredible talent.
"Jack's development over the past few seasons both for club and country has been plain for everybody to see.
"His natural talent together with his commitment to improve as a player, has seen him become one of the most exciting attacking players in world football today.
"I am certain that the fans are going to love seeing him in our team. Pep loves the way he plays, and we all feel he is an ideal fit for Manchester City. Our style and his style are a perfect match. I'm excited to watch him over the coming years."
Grealish, who had four years remaining on his Villa contract, admitted it was not easy to leave his boyhood club.
"It was obviously a difficult few months because I have been an Aston Villa fan for my whole life,"
"But when I spoke to the manager here and you see what type of players they have got here, in the end it was something I couldn't say no to. I am absolutely delighted to be here."