Tim Sherwood insists he wouldn’t sell Jack Grealish – even if Aston Villa were offered a British record £60million for the youngster.
The 20-year-old midfielder has enjoyed an impressive start to the season and has a huge fan in Sherwood, who has made the player a central figure in his Aston Villa side this season.
Sherwood does want more work ethic from Grealish, but believes his skill on the ball and big potential would warrant a monumental price-tag.
“I wouldn’t want to sell Jack Grealish for £60m today. I know what he could possibly be,” said Sherwood. “What looks expensive this year might not be expensive next year.
“He is certainly a type of player we have seen at the very top level for the likes of Liverpool and in the past for Aston Villa, we have to recognise that.
“He’s not a shop window job, he’s our player, and we couldn’t put a price on him. I certainly wouldn’t.”
Sherwood, however, has warned Grealish that he still has much to learn and wants him to work harder when he’s not on the ball.
“He’s a great player Jack, but he’s got to realise – I’ve been on at him every day – there is more to the game than just when you’re in possession.
“He is certainly a talented player and you want to play him in his best position which is No 10. But he also needs to start working hard to find the ball. He could be the key that unlocks the door for us.”
England manager Roy Hodgson, meanwhile, is seeking clarification from Grealish over his international future as he picks his squad for England’s final Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Hodgson names his group to face Estonia and Lithuania next week and is considering Grealish as a potential wildcard.
But Grealish, who has already played for Republic of Ireland Under-21s, is yet to confirm who he wants to play for.
Hodgson, who is confident Grealish will choose England, has made further enquiries regarding the youngster’s thoughts.
The England boss admitted earlier this month that the 20-year-old was firmly on his radar as he finalises his Euro 2016 plans.
Sherwood said: “I think England already recognise that he is a talent they would like to secure the services of.
“I’m not sure they want to do that for the short term – for the Championships next summer – but he is still a young man, still learning, he has every opportunity.”