Jack Grealish was heavily linked with a move from Aston Villa to Tottenham Hotspur last summer during a transfer window which the North London club finished up empty handed (talkSPORT).
The midfielder admitted afterwards that he thought that he was going to complete a move to Spurs, only for the then Championship club to be taken over by new owners and handed a fresh five-year contract.
Fast forward twelve months and the 23-year-old will be playing Premier League football once again next season following Villa’s successful navigation of the play-offs which culminated with a win against Derby County at Wembley.
The Mirror (page 61 of the Friday, 26 July edition) report that as part of Grealish’s contract terms, he is secured a pay rise to around £100,000 a week following Villa’s return to the top flight.
Grealish admits that he is not going to take the opportunity to play Premier League football for granted again and is already focusing on the first game of the season, away to Tottenham Hotspur in an evening kick-off on Saturday 10th August.
“Maybe when I was 19, 20 and last played in the Premier League, I took it for granted and didn’t realise how lucky I was to be playing there,” said Grealish.
“Now I am back there I need to grab it with both hands and hopefully push this club as high as possible and so what I can for myself, which is perform, get goals and assists.
Grealish is a talented player, but it is fair to say that the quality of player which we have been linked to within this summer’s window are in a different level of class.
Giovani Lo Celso and Paulo Dybala to name two, are better options for Spurs than potentially revisiting an unlikely move for Grealish.
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