Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has provided a piece of advice in hindsight for Spurs and Daniel Levy.
Tottenham made multiple attempts to sign Villa wonderkid Jack Grealish on the cheap this summer, making the most of the club’s financial difficulties, however, it didn’t come to fruition.
Villa rebuffed a series of bids from the Premier League outfit, ranging from £20m up to a last-minute effort of £30m for Grealish’s services.
Bruce has now admitted that the 22-year-old midfielder would probably be a Spurs player by now if Levy had done his business a little earlier, something he is not famed for doing.
Bruce said: “It’s fair to say we were in such a bad position financially that if Tottenham had have done their work early, then I’m sure he would have been a Tottenham player.
“Before the takeover came in, everyone was for sale – that’s how difficult the situation was.
“There was a time where I thought we were going to lose Jonathan Kodjia, lose Jack Grealish, lose James Chester, all the players who were obviously going to attract big money, but thankfully we’ve managed to hold onto them.”
Jack Grealish now looks set to sign a new contract at Aston Villa, after he was unable to push through the desired deal to Spurs.
“Jack will certainly will be in line for a new deal,” the manager added.
“The new owners have said that and I think they want to make a statement on it.
“He’s arguably the best young player I’ve had in terms of ability. He can do something where he can lift you off your seat, he’s such a natural footballer and of course he’s grown up a bit.
“For me, he’s going to be a top, top player.
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