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Super agent representing Manchester City star forward announces retirement



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The agent of Jack Grealish, who brokered the Englishman’s record-breaking transfer to Manchester City, is set to retire.

The 28-year-old completed a previous British-record £100 million transfer from Aston Villa to Manchester City in 2021, signing a six-year deal at the Etihad Stadium and becoming one of the biggest football transfers in history.

City activated a nine-figure release clause in the England international’s contract at his boyhood club, with the forward having won six trophies including both the Premier League and UEFA Champions League since leaving Villa Park.

Grealish won his first trophy at Manchester City in 2022, when Pep Guardiola’s side famously beat Aston Villa 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium, after a dramatic late comeback on the final day of the campaign.

Former club captain Ilkay Gundogan scored twice, as City came back from 2-0 to win the Premier League title ahead of Liverpool.

The England international made 50 appearances during the Sky Blues’ historic treble-winning campaign last year, with Manchester City retaining the Premier League title alongside winning the Emirates FA Cup and Champions League.

Grealish’s agent, who brokered his record-breaking move to Manchester City, is set to retire however, according to a report by the Mirror.

James Nursey reports that Jonathan Barnett, one of the countries leading football agents, will retire after over two decades working within the sport.

Barnett’s agency Stellar Group was established in 1994 and as well as brokering Grealish’s switch to Manchester City, the 74-year-old was also behind Gareth Bale’s famous move to Real Madrid from Tottenham in 2013.

The veteran agent has decided to retire following a recent family bereavement, with his agency having been previously named as the most valuable in the world.

Grealish is currently out injured for Manchester City, with the 28-year-old having suffered a fresh setback in his recovery from a recent groin injury.

The forward was forced off against Luton Town in the first-half of an Emirates FA Cup fifth round clash last week, and is now a doubt for upcoming games against Liverpool and Newcastle United, as well as March international fixtures for England.