Jack Grealish would not change the bad press he received in the past
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish admits that his growing maturity helped him realize what he wants to achieve in his career. Today makes a year that Grealish was handed the Villa captain’s armband by boss Dean Smith after recovering from a shin injury which kept him on the sidelines for three months.
On Saturday, he will be tasked with leading out the Villa team at Wembley in the Carabao Cup Final against Manchester City. The player expressed confidence that his bad-boy image is now behind him, most notably when he was pictured sprawled out drunk in a pavement in Tenerife in 2015
He admits he is now different but won’t change anything that has happened in the past. He made this known in a chat with Sky Sports.
“I feel like everything that’s happened in my life, good or bad, football-wise has set me up to be the person I am today. I wouldn’t change anything.”
“Everyone knows I had a bit of bad press when I was a bit younger, but like I said, I wouldn’t change that for anything. That’s made me who I am today.”
Grealish has been a stand-out performer for Villa who are battling relegation in the Premier League this season after guiding them from the Championship. He added that the lengthy spells he spent on the sidelines in past years due to two serious injuries helped clear his thinking.
“I obviously got two bad injuries,” said Grealish.
“Two years ago I got a kidney injury, and then last year I did my shins.
“Each time I was out for three to four months at a time, and when you’re out, everything kicks in. You start to think about what you really do want to achieve in your life.
“When I was young I might have been a bit immature at times, but now I know what I want to do in my career – I want to play for England, I want to play for Aston Villa, I want to win trophies. That’s the aim.”