Jack Grealish is facing making a “tough decision” regarding his future at the end of the season, says his teammate Conor Hourihane.
The Aston Villa captain has received plenty of praise for his performances in 2019/20 despite a difficult season for his team.
Dean Smith’s side sit 19th on the Premier League table and are two points from safety, but Grealish has nine goals and eight assists in all competitions and has been the man Villa have relied on to keep them in with a chance of avoiding relegation.
That has led to some calls for the 24-year-old to be called up for England, while it has also led to speculation that Manchester United will make a move to sign him ahead of next year.
And Hourihane, who is Villa’s second top scorer with seven, insists Grealish would be well worthy of a move elsewhere, but wants him to focus on keeping Villa in the top flight before deciding what his next step will be.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Hourihane said: “Jack’s obviously hugely talented, he’s our talisman and he’s had a fantastic season.
“He’s been linked with so many clubs, lots of top teams around Europe. It’s going to be a tough summer and a tough decision for Jack.
“Hopefully, first and foremost, he keeps us up – that is the most important thing for the football club.
“And then, whatever Jack decides to do, that’s up to him. He deserves everything he gets.
“For me, he should be in the England squad as well because he has something that nobody else does, in my opinion.”
Grealish has also been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Everton, but the Red Devils look most likely to win the race for his signature at this stage.