Grealish rejects interview from Ferdinand after Man City reach semis

Jack Grealish refused to be interviewed live on BT Sport after Manchester City booked their place in the Champions League semi-final. A jubilant Grealish exclaimed he wasn’t on post-match duty media after Rio Ferdinand attempted to grab a word with the winger.

City drew 1-1 with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday. Erling Haaland’s second-half goal all but sealed his side’s fate to put them 4-0 up on aggregate.

Bayern scored late on through a Joshua Kimmich penalty to reduce the deficit. But the tie was already over and Pep Guardiola’s team have now set up a semi-final against 14-time champions Real Madrid.

Grealish celebrated with his City team-mates on the pitch after the match. He walked past the BT Sport pundits who were on the touchline.

Grealish was congratulated by Ferdinand, as well as ex-City defender Joleon Lescott and former Bayern and City midfielder Owen Hargreaves. The 27-year-old shook their hands and Manchester United legend Ferdinand attempted to get more of an extended word with him.

Ferdinand said: “Well done, well done. Jack come and say a few words, man. Come on, get in here.”

But a buoyant Grealish turned him down, insisting he was not the player chosen to speak after the match. Grealish said: “I can’t, I’m not on interview duty today! I’m just happy to win, well go through even.

Grealish had a quiet night but played the whole 90 minutes in Germany. Bayern dominated large parts of the first half but City fluffed the chance to go ahead when Erling Haaland skied a penalty.

The hosts were unable to create the same sort of opportunities early in the second half and Haaland punished them with his 48th goal of the season. Joshua Kimmich scored a late penalty for Bayern but City comfortably made it through to the last four of the competition.

Ferdinand believes Grealish was a key player in helping City get across the line. The pundit said: “When you come to places like this you’re gonna come under pressure at some point and it’s about being able to navigate through those moments.

“They don’t clam up, they don’t get tight. They look around and see other players in their team they can trust – Jack, for instance, they’re giving him the ball under pressure and he’s taking the sting out of the game by holding onto the ball and that gets them through big areas of the game.”


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