‘Hopefully, one day’: Aston Villa star Grealish names ‘unbelievable’ coach he wants to play for
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has revealed that he hopes one day he will get to play for AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the England international said that he is open to the idea of being coached by the three-time Premier League winner. Mourinho received the sack from Tottenham in April.
The Portuguese manager recently praised Grealish and compared the winger to former Real Madrid attacker Luis Figo.
The 25-year-old attacker has been one of the Premier League’s best performing players since returning to the top-flight with Villa. Last season alone, the England star hit six goals and 12 assists in 26 league games.
‘He’s done unbelievable things’
And Grealish was quick to praise the former Manchester United boss when asked about Mourinho’s comments.
The Villa captain said: “You try not to listen to too much whether it’s good or bad. It’s always nice when people are speaking about you, especially someone like Jose Mourinho.
“He’s done so much in the game, he’s such a popular man in football and he’s not short of football knowledge.
“Luis Figo is someone who I looked up to when I was a kid. He was an unbelievable player, but the main thing was it came from Mourinho, who is an unbelievable manager. He’s done unbelievable things in the game. Hopefully, one day, I could play under him.”
Aston Villa star Grealish would stutter under Mourinho
Grealish playing under Mourinho is an interesting thought experiment. The former Chelsea boss is one of the most decorated coaches in modern football. But as his spell with Tottenham showed, he has lost his touch.
And Grealish operating with Mourinho as manager would stifle everything that makes the Villa star such an enjoyable player to watch. With the likes of Dele Alli and Paul Pogba having problems with the Portuguese coach, it’s not hard to imagine the England international having the same issues.
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