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Chelsea had been linked with Aston Villa star Jack Grealish in the past transfer windows, but the Blues eventually settled for the signing of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, with a transfer fee that could have easily gotten the Villa hitman.
This season, Grealish’s form has been nothing short of extraordinary, and even his teammates have been blown away by his performances.
His new teammate Emiliano Martinez, who has trained with Lionel Messi with the Argentina national team, has hailed Grealish as a Messi with the right foot.
Martinez told talkSPORT 2: “He [Grealish] is the most talented player I’ve ever seen.
“He never gives the ball away. When I see Grealish running, it’s always a shot on target or a corner for us. He will drive past two or three players.
“I just see Messi with a right foot when he has the ball. You can’t get the ball off him.
“He’s the most talented English player and I’m surprised he hasn’t played more games for England.”
Martinez added: “Messi is Messi, he’s the best ever.
“But in terms of training, when Jack has the ball, people don’t want to tackle him, they respect him, he can finish, he can chop, he can do everything.
“When I train with Messi for the national team, it’s the same.
“Nobody wants to touch him, he chops people, he treats players like cones. I see that with Jack here.”