Jack Grealish Admits He Will Miss Stick From Fans During Games
Jack Grealish has admitted he'll miss the stick from fans when the [/sport/premierleague/index.html Premier League] restarts behind closed doors, as he pointed to the star who taught him how to thrive off the energy of hostile crowds.
England's top flight will return to action later this month, but with the noticable omission of crowds at all games.
That may prove both a curse and a blessing for Grealish, www.justcanvey.co.uk who has often found himself a target for opposition supporters.
Jack Grealish insists he will miss the stick from opposition fans when football returns
Grealish was attacked by a Birmingham fan during a match at St Andrew's last year
This was no more obvious than last season when he was attacked on the pitch by a Brimingham City supporter during the derby, when he was punched from behind.
He is not the only one to endure abuse, with Cristiano Ronaldo more often than not the target of abuse from home fans when Manchester United visited Villa Park.
As Grealish came to learn, however, this would only work to spur on the Portuguese star.
'I love all that,' Grealish told the [ ]. ‘I love when people are on my back and targeting me.
‘I always remember when I was a kid - and I am not saying I am anywhere near his level - but Cristiano Ronaldo used to come to Villa and the fans used to absolutely cane him.
Grealish admits he used to admire Cristiano Ronaldo for thriving off the boos at Villa Park
‘He used to thrive off it and that is what I try to do. I try to thrive off the hatred from the fans.'
Grealish has been strongly linked with a move to Ronaldo's former club Manchester United this summer.
The England international is valued at £80million, a fee that is unlikely to change should the club be relegated, due to their sound financial footing.
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