Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has once again opened up on his failed move to Tottenham Hotspur by admitting the rumours were hard to deal with.
Grealish was heavily linked with a move to Mauricio Pochettino on what felt like a daily basis over the course of the summer and the speculation intensified as the window as about to close.
After a protracted transfer saga a deal failed to materialise. He subsequently penned a new five-year deal with Villa.
He was the subject of a £25million transfer 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 their previous owner Dr. Tony Xia and it looked as if Grealish would 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.
“The speculation was difficult to deal with because every young player wants to play at the top, especially when it’s a team in the Champions League,” he told Sky Sports.
“But when it didn’t happen, it didn’t bother me at all, because my dream as a kid was to play for Aston Villa and I would never ever take that for granted, so I got my head down and now hopefully I can get this club back to where it belongs.”
He added: “I’m playing for my boyhood club, I’ve got a great manager who believes in me.
“If you look at our recent performances, we’re a team on the up and hopefully we can get back to the dreamland, which is obviously the Premier League.”
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