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Man City Star: I Was Really Close To Joining Man Utd

Manchester City star Jack Grealish has revealed he was really close to joining crosstown rivals Manchester United last year.

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The England international reportedly attracted interest from both Manchester outfits in the last few years, but he has now claimed there were serious intentions from the Red Devils to sign him in 2020.

That transfer did not materialise, though, and he ended up signing a contract extension with Aston Villa ahead of the 2020/21 season, during which he registered six goals and 12 assists.

"I was really close to going, but nothing happened in the end," he told the Daily Telegraph.

"We played United in a pre-season game on Saturday and I wasn't supposed to play in a cup game at Burton.

"But after the United game I said to Christian Purslow [Aston Villa's chief executive] and my agent: 'If I'm not leaving, I'll sign my new contract'.

"I went in with my dog on Tuesday morning, signed the deal, and played later that day. We all agreed on the clause and if any team hit that, it's a win-win because it means I've had an unbelievable season and Villa got £100 million."

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