Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne has come to the defense of Jack Grealish, saying the England international has been “unfairly criticized”. Grealish has not been the player he was at Aston Villa so far during his time at City, adding to the scrutiny he faces.
The 27-year-old England international was part of the Manchester City XI who beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 at Molineux Stadium at the weekend.
Manchester City fans have slammed Pep Guardiola for starting the player. However, the former Aston Villa winger netted in the first minute of the game to silence his critics.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the Belgium international says Grealish is a target for criticism mainly because of his nationality. De Bruyne said, via Sports Bible:
“It’s not about football. Outside of football, the focus is more on them [English players].”
”I understand because they’re English and people tend to watch more of what’s going on. I feel like foreign players, for example if you have a party, we don’t really get checked that often. While I feel like if an English player comes out, it’s always somewhere in the media. I think people take that into account as well.”
De Bruyne said fans and football watchers should not interfere in a player’s personal life and that criticism should only focus on what he does on the pitch. He added:
“What he does in his private life, he does, no one should care, but people do.”
“I don’t think anyone necessarily thinks about how it felt to walk away for the first time and people think it’s always easy to do that. But there are a lot of hurdles that come up with moving clubs and houses etc. ”
The Belgian midfielder has asked Manchester City fans to show “patience” with Grealish. He further added:
“Obviously you know he needed time to settle in, but he’s fine. Be patient, I’m not too worried.
Pep Guardiola has signed the promising England winger on a six-year deal worth £100m ahead of the 2021 Premier League season. Since joining the club, Grealish has scored just seven goals and provided four assists across tournaments.
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