Tue 30 November 2021 | 18:26

Guardiola expects Jack Grealish to reach his best this season

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Jack Grealish has had a perfect start at Etihad but doubts whether the 26-year-old could return to face his former club Aston Villa on Wednesday.


has made 15 appearances for

Pep Guardiola

’s team since joining the Sky Blues for a record fee of £100m transfer from

Aston Villa

, but has been out since suffering a knock in the recent international break.

He returned to training on Monday and will be examined ahead of

Man City

's game at Villa Park on Wednesday, where he spent 20 years – seven as a first-team regular – before joining City.

Speaking in a pre-match conference, the Spanish coach was full of praise for the start Grealish has made to life in Manchester, and the ability he brings to the side.

".He has started perfectly,"




"It's easy because of our English players and the other guys here are nice people. He's played good but needs more time to settle."

Grealish has scored two goals and assisted three more this term.

"If you analyze games, he hasn't played badly. The way we play and our expectations are different to Villa,"




"He did incredibly well at Villa. His commitment to the club to stay and get promoted was amazing.

"Now he has come back from the international break injured. Hopefully he comes back and step by step finds his form.

"We have six, seven months ahead of us. I don't think we will have to wait until next season to see the best Jack Grealish – I'm thinking this season."

source: SportMob

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