Jack Grealish hopes to someday play under the direction of Jose Mourinho.
The Aston Villa and England midfielder made the admission after Special One compared him to former Real Madrid and Barcelona star Luis Figo on talkSPORT.
Grealish was delighted to hear Mourinho’s praise for him[/caption]
Mourinho, who was named new Roma boss last month, is part of our exclusive European Championship coverage this summer and praised Grealish as he assessed England’s chances ahead of the tournament .
“I don’t like to make comparisons, especially with a Ballon d’Or winner, but Grealish reminds me of my Figo,” he said.
“Figo, I had him at different times in my career but I had him in his last season as a player at Inter Milan and even in his last season he was like ‘give it – me the ball and I will solve the problems for you ‘.
“The way Grealish gets the ball and attacks people, fouls, gets penalties, he’s very powerful, I like him a lot.”
Responding to Mourinho’s praise, Grealish told talkSPORT: “I heard what Mourinho said, a lot of people sent it to me.
“You try not to listen to too much, whether it’s good or bad. It’s always nice when people talk about you, especially someone like José Mourinho.
“He’s done so much in the game, he’s such a popular man in football and he doesn’t lack football knowledge.
“Luis Figo is someone I admired when I was a child. He was an incredible player, but the main thing was that it came from Mourinho, who is an incredible manager.
“He’s done amazing things in the game. I hope one day I can play under him.
Mourinho had said Grealish was “untouchable” for England and backed him to start England’s Euro 2020 opener with Croatia.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate thought differently, starting Raheem Sterling instead and leaving Grealish on the bench, a move that was justified with the Manchester City winger scoring the only goal of the game.
Grealish will now be hoping for the chance to make his mark in the tournament when England host Scotland at Wembley on Friday.
He said: “I’m so desperate just to get on the pitch and prove to people how good I am. This is the type of games that I like.
“Not even just in this tournament, I made a name for myself [in other big games] during my career. I am desperate to be involved.
“But the main thing is for the team to get all three points and continue their strong start.”