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“Jack Grealish is Messi with a right foot,” says Emiliano Martinez

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Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez stated his teammate Jack Grealish is ‘the most talented player he’s ever seen’.

Emiliano Martinez arrived at Aston Villa this season after the club paid Arsenal over €17 million for his signing. Now in the city of Birmingham, the Argentinian has a front-row seat for the Jack Grealish show. In fact, it is no surprise that the goalkeeper became genuinely impressed with the Villans’ star and his enormous talent.

Although Martinez has played alongside many skilled players such as Aubameyang and Ozil, he believes no one compares to Grealish: “He’s the most talented player I’ve ever seen, so I’d put him a step ahead of them.”

In fact, the 28-year-old goalkeeper confessed Jack Grealish reminded him of a fellow Argentinian, none other than Lionel Messi. Moreover, Martinez sent Southgate a clear message as he implied the Villa star should have more caps for England by now.

“He [Grealish] is the most talented player I’ve ever seen,” the keeper told talkSPORT. “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 shared what it’s like to train with Messi and Grealish.

Although the goalkeeper doesn’t have any caps for Argentina, he has trained alongside Leo Messi many times. In fact, Martinez believes the players have a lot in common, although one is the clear winner.

“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.”