Miguel Almiron holds no grudges towards Jack Grealish and “would shake his hand” despite the Manchester City man’s disparaging jibe.
Grealish suggested team-mate Riyad Mahrez had “played like Almiron” after being substituted in City’s victory over Aston Villa to secure the Premier League title on the final day of last season.
The England international has since acknowledged he regrets the comments in a clip that went viral on social media – referencing Almiron’s previously underwhelming performances for Newcastle United.
Almiron’s form has since upturned, with the Paraguay international scoring seven goals in eight games for Newcastle before the World Cup break, and he insists he has no issues with Grealish.
“I didn’t pay a lot of attention, I was on holiday with my family,” Almiron told The Daily Mail. “And I didn’t have a mobile phone signal! So no, I didn’t watch the video. I wasn’t bothered.
“I’m not interested in that. Jack’s a great player and I will always wish him all the best. He’s at Manchester City for good reason. I just avoid making any comparisons.
“It’s about me focusing on what I do. It’s no big deal.”
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Almiron believes Grealish’s apology highlights the character of the 27-year-old.
He added: “I saw the interview and heard that he spoke positively about me. I’ve never had anything against Jack and have maintained all along that I think he’s a great player and a good guy.
“There’s never been any issue for me. It was a nice interview and the fact he spoke the way he did reinforces the type of person he is. I would shake his hand, no problem.”
Almiron returns to Premier League action with Newcastle at Leicester City on Monday.