Stan Collymore says he sent a letter to Jack Grealish warning him that his off-the-field issues could hinder his chances of a summer transfer.
The England hopeful was fined £150,000 by Villa in March and forced to apologise after attending a friend’s late-night house party, crashing his motor, and breaking coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been tracking the 24-year-old for 18 months, but Grealish’s off-the-field action were rumoured to have seen United cool their interest in the attacker.
Former Villa and Liverpool star Collymore thinks Grealish has learnt his lesson, and says he sent the Birmingham-born star a letter to urge him to get into line.
“As an older guy now, looking now at some of these young kids, older players now should be able to pick the phone up and say ‘have a think about that – have a word about that’,” Collymore told American radio company SiriusXM.
“I did that with Jack Grealish. I sent him a long email when he went to a party. I told him he needs to make amends. I said to him ‘you’ve got good people around you, you’ve let them down but now it’s time to get back on track’.
“Pretty much as a prescription, he did everything that I requested he did. He made a big donation to a local hospital and he was forgiven.
“If you look at Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, who all might be looking at you, if he keeps making these kinds of mistakes, they just won’t take him.
“A big conversation – make sure the football family, doctors, clubs, keep their phone lines open because players are humans like we all are.”