Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists £100million summer signing Jack Grealish is ‘playing at a high level’.
Grealish joined City from Aston Villa last summer for a British record fee but has failed to live up to his price tag in a sky blue shirt.
So far this season, the England playmaker has three goals and three assists in 25 matches.
The Premier League champions face Norwich City this weekend, meaning Grealish will be reunited with his former Villa boss, Dean Smith.
Smith has backed the 26-year-old to find his best form at the Etihad, and Guardiola also has no doubts.
“No-one knows Jack better than Dean, I agree with him [that Grealish gives everything every day],” the Spaniard said at his pre-match press conference.
“He plays good when he is playing, he has helped us to be in the position we are in.
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“He is playing in a high level, he has changed his life from Birmingham to here. He plays really well, either wide or centrally. We are really [happy] about [his performances]. Not [just] Jack, the players together from day one, we push them. It’s the best way to wake up, train, and think to do something better.
“Long time ago, when we play against them, it’s a new manager. Norwich have momentum, seven from last nine. We play them at their best moment of the season.”
Elsewhere, Kurt Zouma remains available for selection for West Ham’s Premier League trip to Leicester on Sunday, manager David Moyes has confirmed.
There have been calls for Moyes to drop the French defender over the video which emerged of him kicking and slapping his cat.
Moyes caused more controversy by picking Zouma to face Watford on Tuesday, barely 24 hours after the footage was released and amid a huge public outcry.
National League club Dagenham have suspended Zouma’s brother Yoan, who is understood to have filmed the video, while the RSPCA investigate the incident.
But Moyes said: “Yes he’s available to play against Leicester. There are different views and opinions on should he be available. We as a club took that decision and I stand by that.”
Zouma has been fined the maximum two weeks’ wages, which will go to animal welfare groups.
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