Club chief reveals transfer stance on Spurs-linked midfielder

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Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow has told talkSPORT that the Villa players will not be sold in January amidst interest from Tottenham in midfielder Jack Grealish.

Spurs were linked heavily with Grealish in the summer of 2018 but a move didn’t materialise in the end (Sky Sports).

The midfielder, who was arguably Villa’s best player in the Championship for the last couple of seasons, has adjusted very well to life back in the Premier League.

Football.London report that Tottenham are continuing to monitor the 24-year-old closely and could move for him in the January transfer window.

However, Purslow insisted that the Villans will not let any of their players go in the January window as all of them are assets whose values are still on the rise.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said, “We can say no (to clubs who bid for Villa’s players). I think we do have a number of wonderful players.

“In this international break our centre-forward Wesley and central midfielder Douglas Luiz got their first caps for Brazil, John McGinn is ripping it up for Scotland, Tyrone Mings has recently been called up by England and I think most people expect Jack Grealish to be in the England set up soon, and Anwar El Ghazi in Holland.

“We have a team of very young players with great international futures ahead of them. That’s the most important thing for the financial and footballing health of the club, that you have players who are assets, who are importing all the time and whose values are improving.”

However, Purslow did admit that the club will have to eventually move one or two players on in order to have more flexibility while spending in the transfer market.

He added: “Yes, that gives you the flexibility summer-to-summer to look at those players, sometimes sell them and then go again. We, like every club in the Premier League, may have to do that in the future.

“But I don’t sweat about it at all. I think it’s a fantastic compliment that we have brilliant players who attract the attention of lots of clubs around Europe.”

Spurs Web Opinion

The right time to buy Jack Grealish would have been in the summer of 2018. As usual, Levy waited a bit too long in the hope of getting him on a cut-price deal. Realistically, with the Premier League money coming in, Villa will now demand a lot more money for the likes of Grealish.

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