Aston Villa: Will Grealish stay or go in January?
Manchester United legend Bryan Robson hopes his former side can sign Jack Grealish after noticing an improved change in the Aston Villa star. Grealish was tipped to make the move to Old Trafford after an impressive individual season in 2019/20, which ensured Villa’s survival status.
The 25-year-old ended last campaign as the club’s leading scorer and assist provider with ten goals and eight assists produced in all competitions.
Continuing his fine form this term, Grealish has spearheaded an unlikely push for a European place having contributed five goals and nine assists in 15 league appearances for Dean Smith’s side.
Robson believes the Birmingham-born midfielder has become a more attractive transfer target since becoming the club captain of the Villains and has urged United to re-think their decision not to sign the influential playmaker.
“It was a good decision giving him the [Aston Villa] captaincy. I think it’s made him a bit more mature,” the Red Devils’ legend told GOAL.
“He’s a powerful player. He’s quite a strong boy and he’s quick and the way he can sort of go either way past people he’s always going to be a danger and that’s why he gets so many free kicks.
“I wouldn’t mind seeing Jack Grealish in a Manchester United shirt. But I don’t know whether the staff at Old Trafford fancy him, as much as you’d like to see him playing for your club.
“Him and Villa have been terrific this season. He’s been linked with us but those decisions, thank goodness, are with Ole and the board of directors.”
Grealish ended speculation surrounding his future by signing a new five-year contract in September, resulting in a significant pay rise as well as an increased buy-out clause.
“The owners have made it very clear to me how ambitious they are and how they want to build Aston Villa. There are exciting times ahead and I am very glad to be part of it,” he said after extending terms at the West Midlands club until 2025.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, meanwhile, made no secret of his admiration for the England international as he singled him out for praise before facing Villa on New Year’s Day.
“He’s a player for Aston Villa and England who has only improved,” said Solskjaer.
“I don’t want to say too much about other teams’ players but of course, he’s a player we know we have to look for.”
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