Manchester City stars hit the town to mark Jack Grealish's birthday09/05/2022
Manchester City stars hit the town with their partners for an early birthday party for Jack Grealish at The Ivy… with Kevin de Bruyne and Kyle Walker among those out after they dropped points against Aston Villa
- Man City players went on to The Ivy on Sunday with their wives and girlfriends
- It was an early celebration for Jack Grealish, who turns 27 on Saturday
- Kevin De Bruyne, Kyle Walker, Riyad Mahrez and Kalvin Phillips were there
- The stars were accompanied by their wives and girlfriends in Manchester
Manchester City players hit The Ivy on Sunday night with their partners in an early celebration of Jack Grealish’s birthday.
Grealish turns 27 on Saturday, but with the club in European action in Seville on Tuesday, and hosting Spurs on the midfielder’s birthday at the weekend, they marked the occasion early.
Kyle Walker, Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez were all seen in attendance with their wives, whilst Kalvin Phillips was there with his girlfriend.
Kyle Walker and Kevin De Bruyne were among the Manchester City stars out on Sunday night
Kalvin Phillips and his girlfriend Ashleigh Behan went to Manchester’s The Ivy on Sunday
Winger Riyad Mahrez attended Jack Grealish’s 27th birthday celebrations with Taylor Ward
The day before, the club were held to a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa, leaving them second in the Premier League table behind Arsenal.
City’s stars have been to The Ivy before for group outings, and they have been quick to invite 26-year-old Phillips, who joined from Leeds in the summer, and his long-term girlfriend Ashleigh Behan. The couple met at school in 2013.
Riyad Mahrez was in attendance with Taylor Ward. The couple reportedly married in a Nikah ceremony, legally acknowledged by Islamic law, late in 2021.
De Bruyne married Michele Lacroix in 2017, and the couple have three children together
Kyle Walker and his wife Annie Kilner were there, along with De Bruyne and his wife Lacroix
English right-back Kyle Walker showed up with his wife Annie Kilner, while Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was there with his spouse Michele Lacroix. De Bruyne and Lacroix married in 2017, and have three children together.
Meanwhile, September birthday boy Grealish returned from a short-term injury to be back on the bench for City’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa – but he didn’t come on against his former club.
Manager Pep Guardiola said Grealish could be ‘very important’ for his side upon his return to action, with the club’s fixtures coming quickly with the return of the Champions League.
Guardiola explained why he didn’t bring Grealish on during the match against Villa, stating: ‘We thought about it at one-zero but he trained just two days. If we had scored two, for sure we would have had him in. Jack started the season really well and we need players so it’s good to have him back.’
Walker and De Bruyne will travel with the Citizens to face Sevilla in the Champions League
De Bruyne and Walker both started Man City’s 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday evening
Manchester City’s Champions League campaign gets underway with their first group stage game in Seville, Spain, on Tuesday night.
The Citizens will be hoping to go far in the elite European club competition, after being knocked out last season in the semi-finals by a different Spanish side, Real Madrid, who went on to win it.
Meanwhile, Grealish’s birthday falls on Saturday, the date of a crunch Premier League match when City will welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Etihad.
Both teams have started the season with four wins and two draws, so a victory would give either of them a critical advantage over the other in a tight league campaign.
England midfielder Phillips and make-up artist Behan met when they were at school in 2013
Mahrez and Ward are married under Islamic law after taking part in a Nikah ceremony last year
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