Miguel Almiron gave his shirt to a fan holding a Jack Grealish sign after scoring in a 3-3 draw with Man City

During the parade, the former Aston Villa captain was on Bernardo Silva’s Instagram story a day after City went from 2-0 down to beat his former side and propel Liverpool to the title in dramatic fashion on the final day.

Speaking to the camera, Grealish said: “Riyadh [Mahrez], get him out of the field, as soon as possible. He played like Almiron.”

Many felt the surprise comment was disrespectful and there was some intrigue as to how Almiron would react against City on Sunday.

With Grealish out with a knock-in against Bournemouth, Almiron was on target as Newcastle held City to a draw in an entertaining six-goal thriller at St James’ Park.

And after the contest, he went to the fans and gave his shirt to a young boy with a sign that read, “Miggy, can Grealish have your shirt?”

Almiron’s strike leveled things after Ilkay Gundogan’s opener, before goals from Callum Wilson and Kieran Trippier – the latter scoring a free-kick – sent the Magpies into dreamland.

But City have hit back with goals from Erling Haaland and Bernardo Silva in quick succession to ensure they remain unbeaten so far this season.

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Prior to the match, manager Eddie Howe had played down any talk of Grealish’s jibing being used as motivation for Almiron and the rest of the team.

“I haven’t discussed it with Miggy, I don’t think it’s something we really need to discuss,” he told reporters.

“I see a very happy person who is really well positioned. I don’t see someone who needs extra motivation.”

Sky Sports mentioned the Grealish joke several times in their coverage and captain Trippier answered a question about it in the same vein as his manager after the game.

“Miggy had a fantastic pre-season and he deserves all the credit,” Trippier said.

“What we said is our motivation is to play against the champions, we want to be where they are.”

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