Jack Grealish claims he is different from the other players in the Manchester City squad, after he joined the Premier League champions on a British record fee of £100m from Aston Villa.
Grealish came on as a 65th minute substitute to make his debut for City in their Community Shield loss to Leicester on Saturday.
But, the 26-year-old, who would be looking to help Pep Guardiola’s men retain the league title this season, believes he can bring something different to a squad that already has talents like Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez.
“I’m different to every player in this squad.
“Raheem and wingers can go in behind, Riyad is an out and out dribbler, Phil has a bit of everything.
“I feel I can bring a lot to the team and that’s what the manager has brought me here for. Whether I’m a winger or an 8, 10, false 9, I feel I can bring a lot.
“When I watch City there’s so much attacking talent that can do everything, they’re changing positions constantly.
“Even the few days I’ve been here, I’ve had two sessions, but it’s crazy seeing the work [Guardiola] does. It’s no surprise he’s been so successful in his own career – some of his tactics are out of this world.
“I feel like I can bring a lot to the team, the manager will choose what position to play me in,” Grealish said at his introductory press conference.
The new City signing added that Guardiola presence influenced his decision to sign for the club.
“A bit of everything,” he replied when asked what makes Guardiola so special. “Man management especially. The likes of Raheem and Phil, I think a few years back people were saying about Phil to go on loan, but he’s kept him around and transformed him into one of the best talents in the world.
“Raheem is one of the best wingers in the world as well now. I feel like he can take my game to the next level.
“I’m going to learn off [Guardiola] every day and I can’t wait to work with him – the way he is in training is unbelievable. The stuff he says, it’s stuff I would never think of but it just works.
“Everyone here is so desperate to play under him. Pep was a massive factor in me coming here,” he added.