Manchester City star Jack Grealish sends classy retirement message to Aston Villa teammate

Glenn Whelan’s playing career is over - and now he’s receiving tributes from his former teammates.
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Manchester City and England star Jack Grealish has congratulated Glenn Whelan after the Bristol Rovers midfielder seemingly played his last game in professional football.

The 39-year-old became the Gas' oldest player in their history, after replacing Sam Finley in the 78th minute. He was given an 18-minute cameo, before being replaced by Luke McCormick, to a round of applause from the home faithful and a chant of 'Whelo, Whelo'.

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Joey Barton confirmed before kick-off that it was of his belief that the match with Bolton Wanderers would be the final game of Whelan's career, which would bring to an end a 20-year playing involvement in the game. Glenn's wife Karen tweeted a video captioned 'And that’s a wrap the boots are hung up. we are very proud of everything you have achieved on to the next chapter," which doubled down and confirmed the 91-capped Ireland international's decision to call it a day.

The footballing world has began their tributes to Whelan, who will remain at the Memorial Stadium in a coaching capacity. He played for numerous clubs and brushed shoulders with some stars of the past, as well as the present and future.

Jack Grealish, who played with Whelan at Aston Villa for two seasons, was one player who wanted to pay his respect. He quote tweeted Rovers tweet and said: "What a career & what a guy. Congrats Whelo. Happy retirement brother."

During their time together at Villa, they won promotion to the Premier League, with Whelan playing 73 times for the Midlands club, scoring two goals. Grealish meanwhile has gone on to win one Premier League title, and has been capped for the England national team 31 times, helping them reach the finals of EURO 2020.

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