Jack Grealish believes Pep Guardiola would have loved to work with Stephen Ireland when the Corkman was at the peak of his abilities.
Asked in a new Man City documentary titled Ireland Is Superman if the former Irish international could have played under Guardiola, Grealish said: "Yeah, of course - 100 per cent.
"The way he's so technically gifted, Pep would love him. Playing in this team now is a pleasure to do. I'm sure Stevie Ireland would have loved to be involved in it."
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Ireland and Grealish's paths crossed at Aston Villa in the early part of the last decade.
"As soon as there was talk that he was going to sign for Villa, it was big," said Grealish.
"At the time, I was a number 10 coming through at Villa. He was someone that I really looked up to always. He always gave us good information, and the was good with the young lads.
"I still speak to him now a fair bit. He was happy when I signed here because he sent me a lovely message."
Grealish added: "Honestly, there are so many players that we've both played with that have said he was the best trainer out of anyone they've seen."
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