Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has admitted that his failed move to Tottenham Hotspur did affect his mindset.
The 23-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Mauricio Pochettino’s side throughout the course of the summer transfer window but remained at Villa Park.
Grealish was the subject of a £25million switch to Spurs (Telegraph) and admitted that he was convinced he would be leaving the Championship outfit for the bright lights of the Premier League.
Villa found themselves in a financial predicament under previous owner Dr. Tony Xia and it looked as if Grealish could be sold to help balance the books, only for the club to be taken over by Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens which put an end to the possibility of the England Under-21 international departing.
After recently signing a new contract with Villa, the boyhood fan is focusing on getting his side back in the Premier League rather than mulling over what could have been.
He told the Birmingham Mail: “The start of the season was tough for me,”
“I had such a tough summer when I did not know where I was going to be.
“People might think ‘it’s just football’ but it does play with your head.
“It took me a little time to get over that.
“But this is my club, this is what I have dreamed of, ever since I was a kid.
“I have always wanted to play for Aston Villa so I am not going to sit there and think ‘I could have been there’ or whatever.
“The grass isn’t always greener.”
When asked if Aston Villa will always remain home to him, he added: “It feels that way, yes.
“If you look at our team, look at our manager and everything, the ground and the facilities, I think we belong in the Premier League.
“Who knows what can happen now?
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