Jack Grealish told former footballer Jimmy Bullard that he was “in a world of pain” via a text message exchange after his four-day Treble celebration.
The Manchester City star played a significant role in his team’s triumphant season, which culminated in winning three major trophies.
Grealish and his teammates celebrated their victories in Istanbul after the Champions League win, continued the festivities in Ibiza, and returned to Manchester for an open-top bus parade.
Since then, pictures and videos of Grealish enjoying himself have flooded social media platforms.
However, it was during a conversation with Bullard on talkSPORT that Grealish revealed the toll the celebrations had taken on him.
Bullard shared his text exchange with Grealish live on air, where he asked about the state of the player’s three trophies. Grealish humorously replied, “Wow, I’m in a world of pain!”
Bullard, who holds Grealish in high regard, expressed his admiration for the player’s achievements and his impact on English football.
He referred to Grealish as a “legend” and emphasized his belief that Grealish should be allowed to celebrate and enjoy himself after a fantastic season.
Grealish is set to join his Manchester City teammates John Stones, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker, and Kalvin Phillips in reporting for England duty.
The team will participate in Euro 2024 qualifiers against Malta on Friday and North Macedonia on Monday.
While it’s expected that the City players will gradually return to training, their availability for the North Macedonia match is the primary focus.
Hang it in the Loooouvre 💙😂 pic.twitter.com/atL2tEz0ah— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish) June 13, 2023
If they can prove their fitness, they may be on the bench for the Malta game.
Naturally, Grealish’s exuberant celebrations have sparked debates among pundits, with some suggesting that he should have toned things down with international games on the horizon.
However, Bullard disagrees and encourages Grealish to continue enjoying himself after a successful season. He hopes that people will not excessively criticize Grealish and instead allow him to be himself.
Bullard emphasizes that Grealish is still a young player and should be given the freedom to celebrate and enjoy his achievements.