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Pep Guardiola names reason for ruling out Jack Grealish positional change

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed the reason preventing Jack Grealish from a positional change.

The 28-year-old has scored consecutive Premier League goals, netting against both Tottenham and Luton Town, after previously failing to score for Manchester City since April.

Grealish, who helped Manchester City to the treble last season, recently made his 100th appearance for the club, having swapped Villa Park for the Etihad Stadium in a £100 million move in 2021.

The Englishman has scored just 13 goals for Manchester City and has recently faced competition from summer signing Jeremy Doku, who has been directly involved in nine goals already this season.

Grealish has started Manchester City’s recent wins against both Luton Town and Crvena zvezda in the absence of Doku, with the 28-year-old scoring the winning goal at Kenilworth Road last weekend, as the Sky Blues ended a four-match winless streak.

The 28-year-old looks set to feature against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, as Manchester City seek to close the gap to league leaders Liverpool, before travelling to the FIFA Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia.

Grealish recently hinted at the possibility of occupying a variety of different positions in the future for Manchester City, amid developing competition out wide and Pep Guardiola’s willingness to continually adapt.

The evolution of John Stones as a midfielder played a key role in the Blues’ success last season, similarly did Ilkay Gundogan’s positional change in previous Premier League title triumphs.

However, Guardiola has seemingly ruled out a positional switch for Grealish, as a result of a lack of time on the training ground.

“We don’t have time to work. Yesterday recovery, today is pre-match. We don’t have time, to understand without training sessions,” revealed the Manchester City manager.

“Sometimes in 10-15 mins we can do it, Jack can understand immediately. He can play in different positions, in the middle. He’s a typical number ten. At Villa played as a winger, at the beginning when he arrived he played false nine.”

Guardiola also hopes that the England international can continue to improve and become more of a goalscoring threat, after an impressive showing at Kenilworth Road last weekend.

“He has to demand himself to score goals, win games, assists. He keeps the ball, makes passes. Last two games he scores goals.

“[He] Starts a little bit late, many things happen, injuries. Hopefully he can take the rhythm as soon as possible.”

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