Speaking after Aston Villa’s game vs Hull yesterday, Steve Bruce spoke at length about Jack Grealish’s future and the Villa boss is very keen to ensure he stays this summer.
Grealish started vs Hull and assisted their first goal before being subbed off in the 83rd minute.
‘We will do our best to keep hold of him’
Speaking in his post-match press conference Bruce stated,
“He is a wonderful talent. We will do our best to keep hold of him, but it is going to be difficult.
“We understand the human side. He will want to play in the Premier League, Europe, Champions League.
“The owner has made it clear that he wants him to stay. To be fair to Jack, he has got on with it.
“I am fed up reading about it and I cannot wait until after Thursday.
“Nobody wants him to leave, but there is a human element to it too. The owners have made it pretty clear that they don’t want to sell him and that still stands.
“Now, if they get to a magical figure, then we will see. What that magical figure is, I do not know.
“He is an Aston Villa fan, his family are Aston Villa through and through – they are probably in the away end tonight, singing with the fans. It is an emotional thing for him, of course.
“But he is young and ambitious and wants to play in the Champions League and we understand that.
“We are all trying our best to hang on to him but, at the moment, there is no decision to be made as they are not at the figure where the owners are even blinking.”
Exciting young talent
Grealish started his career with Aston Villa but he did spend some time out on loan at Notts County.
During his loan spell with Notts County, he would make 39 appearances, scoring five and assisting seven.
Grealish has also played 43 games for Aston Villa’s U23 side. During those 43 games, he scored six and assisted nine.
However, despite being just 22 years of age, Grealish has already racked up an impressive 110 appearances for Aston Villa’s first team.
The Englishman has scored nine and assisted 15 in that time. But it was this past season which showed what a top talent Grealish could potentially be.
Grealish missed the start of the 2017/18 Championship season due to injury. However, when he came back he was one of Villa’s best players, scoring three and assisting five in 27 league appearances.