Jack Grealish apologized for his disparaging remarks about Miguel Almiron, saying, “That was one thing I regret.”
In the aftermath of Manchester City’s Premier League triumph earlier this year, the winger lashed out at his Newcastle United counterpart.
Grealish said in a viral video that he welcomed Riyad Mahrez’s substitution against Aston Villa on the final day because his teammate “played like Almiron” – a reference to the Paraguay international’s ineffective performances for the Magpies.
Almiron, on the other hand, has had a strong season, winning the Premier League’s Player of the Month and Goal of the Month awards for October after scoring six goals in six games..
Grealish revealed his admiration for the former Atlanta United player, whom he is delighted to see flourishing in the English Premier League, as he recalled the infamous incident.
“I haven’t actually been asked about that, so let me just address it,” England international Ashley Young told The Independent. “It was the day after the season was over, and I’d obviously had a few drinks.”
“I didn’t realize we were out celebrating right after that, and I wasn’t on my phone on social media.” I was in Ibiza at the time, and it had obviously leaked. That was one of my regrets.
“Because if that had been me and someone had said that about me, I’d have turned around and said, ‘f**k it.
“I messaged [Newcastle defender] Matt Targett because I know him from Villa, and I asked him, “Can you message him for me and apologize?” Obviously, I didn’t mean it.’
“When I think about it now, that was just one stupid thing I said. I really shouldn’t have said it. I didn’t realize it was a public video; I assumed it was just private. Even in private, I shouldn’t have said it because he’s a colleague.
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