Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has insisted that he and the club’s owners will do everything in their power to keep Jack Grealish at the club this summer.
Grealish‘s future has become the subject of rife speculation this season after his impressive step up to the Premier League, following the influential role he had in Villa’s promotion last season.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to hold the Englishman in high esteem as he looks to build his side around young, hungry talent.
Smith has previously insisted that Grealish is well aware of his deep association with Villa and reiterated that the club are aiming to keep the likes of the 24-year-old at Villa Park.
The manager said: “I’ve said many times we’ve two magnificent owners who want to be successful at this football club, and they’ve an awful lot of money, which they’ve collected from their hard work in their businesses.
“If you want to be a successful team you have to keep your best players, and they will be working very hard to ensure our best players stay at this football club.
“That’s probably the best answer I can give the fans.”
The newspaper says that Grealish’s new-and-improved deal – signed last season – took the midfielder’s wages to £70,000 per week – or £3.6million a year.
Interested parties such as United could easily treble the player’s earnings and, as such, it is said that Grealish will demand the same from his current employers before potentially looking for a new opportunity.
In any case, Grealish’s future will likely depend on whether Villa are playing in the Premier League next season.
The Englishman will want top-flight football again after his impressive performances have earned him a place on Gareth Southgate’s England radar.
However, should Smith’s side get relegated, Grealish could take the matter into his own hands despite his close ties to his boyhood club.
In other news, reports have claimed that Tottenham could have signed Grealish for just £6million two summers ago.
Spurs were linked with him last summer but are unlikely to follow up their interest now, with Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso moving to North London.
However, the Sun on Sunday says that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy decided against a snip move for Grealish.