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‘Jack Grealish owes us nothing, he has been a pleasure to watch’ – Aston Villa fans have their say

‘Jack Grealish owes us nothing, he has been a pleasure to watch’ – Aston Villa fans have their say
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There’s been plenty of reaction from fans surrounding the subject of Jack Grealish’s future since Aston Villa’s play-off final defeat to Fulham.

Here’s what the fans had to say about stories focusing on the Villa midfielder:

On a potential rumoured move to Manchester United:

Rob Tomkins: “And so once again the vultures from Manchester, Merseyside and London start swooping.”

Spencer Smith: “Crazy as the team needs building around him.. If we accept a bid for him then I think we will be fighting in the championship for a very long time.”

Will Forrest: “If we have to sell him then bring him back on loan for a year, with an option of a second year if we get promoted. Hope he doesn’t go. I’d wave the captaincy at him to get him to stay.”

Adam Lane: “Hate to lose him but if he had to leave I’d say anywhere but United. With Mourinho in charge he wouldn’t be the same player.”

Marianne Mackenzie: “I won’t believe anything until I see it on the Aston Villa website, losing the game was hard enough not going to start reading into speculation.”

Peter Smith: “If he goes would be better off going to somewhere like Everton or West Ham give us 30 million plus Snodgrass or Rooney.”

On Grealish’s decision following defeat in the final:

June Sayce: “Build the team around Jack and go up next season as Champions. He is living every fans dream playing for the team he loves. Do whatever it takes to keep him. Simply he is our future.”

Janet Lewis: “Jack has a great family background, he lives at home still with his Villa mad family who keep his feet on the ground. So hopefully he’ll give us another season to achieve promotion, fingers crossed.”

F rederick Ennis: “Rooney was a mad Everton fan but moving to Manchester Utd never did his career any harm and he was younger than Jack. It all depends if he wants to retire rich or poor.”

Roger Holder: “When England fail miserably again in Russia surely it is time to abandon this stupid idea that no player outside the Premier League is good enough. Or outside of London Manchester or Liverpool for that matter. Let’s hope Jack stays and sets that trend.”

Steven Irvine: “I hope he doesn’t make that mistake of being lured away by money and a fickle promise of a national place. Yes he is def good enough for England but if he stays at the club he loves and supports he will have a team built round him and when we get up to the prem his dreams then will come true.”

Andy Diskin: “Sack Bruce jack was the only one trying only one with creativity we need more plays like that. Terry, Snodgrass, and the rest of dads army need to go.”

Kev O’Donoghue: “I would love to see him stay and a team properly built around him. Sadly i think he will go and more then likely, based on our recent transfer record, we will squander the money. Either way owes us nothing and has been a pleasure to watch.”

On rumours that Terry and Grealish will both leave:

Wondwossen Y. Gebretsadik: “Can we get rid of both? If it was not for J. Grealish we could have won the game 2-1. He missed two goals from unbelievable distance. The worst Aston villa player ever.”

On Grealish exit rumours:

Graham Davis: “As much as I want him to stay, we owe him the chance to play in the EPL, and play for England. He has far more natural talent than Delph, and he picked up a Premier League title and a trip to World Cup in Russia.”

Simon Shingler: “If we had been able to play Jack all season we would have gone up automatically.”

Wayne Lawrence: “One more season please Jack, couldn’t blame you if you leave for one of the top six premier league clubs after that if we don’t go up.”

That United rumour

Jack Grealish has emerged as a shock transfer target for Manchester United.

The 22-year-old is Villa’s prized asset and may be sold this summer following the failure to win promotion to the Premier League.

The Red Devils are expected to complete the signing of Fred in the coming weeks.

And now Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho is turning his attention to Grealish.

According to The Sun, the Portuguese is an admirer of Grealish and could attempt to force through a move the former England Under-21 international.

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Brazil midfielder Fred has revealed he is aware of strong interest from Manchester United.

The Premier League side have been linked with a £44million move for the Shakhtar Donetsk player.

The 25-year-old says the interest has come after United’s rivals Manchester City also made enquiries earlier this year.

Fred is currently with his national team squad in Brazil preparing for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

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Speaking at a press conference covered by Globo Esporte, Fred said: “The talks had been in progress since January with City. Soon after, City and United talked to Shakhtar and my agents.

“And now, if I’m not mistaken, there was news of a very strong bid from United.”

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Fred, however, says his immediate focus is on the World Cup and the matter will be dealt with by his representatives, who include former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva.

He said: “As far as negotiations go, I am only (focused) on the World Cup. You just think about that, forget about other things. My agents are taking care of it.”

On the interest from the Manchester clubs, he said: “It is an honour to have the attention of the great coaches of Europe.”

Will the United move happen?

Anthony Jepson from the Manchester Evening News believes it to be an unrealistic target.

“The rumour – and it is just a rumour – that United fancy Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish isn’t so far-fetched as to completely dismiss it. “But it is a long long-shot.

“He’s a young, talented, attack-minded player who should be looking to play at a higher standard than the Championship.

“But United have different priorities at the moment. They are on the verge of landing £50m Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk and have an interest in the more offensive engine-room talents of Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – as well as a certain Gareth Bale.

“And they are not exactly short of options in Grealish’s mould either with the likes of Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata already fulfilling similar if not identical roles linking midfield to attack.

“Fans and gossip columnists always like a name out of left-field and you can make a case that Grealish’s young talents are a worth a gamble but a move to Leicester – also linked – seems more viable.”

Colly says

Former Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore has called on the club’s owner to tell the fans what the club’s direction will be in the next three years.

Speaking in his column in our sister title The Mirror, Collymore explains his fears for the future at Villa Park.

He stated: “I fear the pain is going to set in for Aston Villa after they missed out in the play-offs.

“They should have gone up and now have only one year left of parachute payments – at a greatly-reduced level – have the biggest wage bill in the division by far, and are spending big money on players who have played well in spells.

“I feel there has to be a massive financial recalibration and some serious thinking done by billionaire owner Dr Tony Xia, who needs to tell the supporters what the club’s direction will be over the next two or three years.

“But these are worrying financial times for Villa.”

Gabby’s gone

Outgoing Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has paid an emotional farewell following his departure.

After 13 professional seasons, 391 appearances and 87 goals Agbonlahor has left his boyhood club.

The 31-year-old forward’s last appearance in claret and blue came against Sheffield United on December 23 and he’ll now weigh up his options ahead of his next move.

Posting on Instagram, Agbonlahor wrote: “At school I had my doubters but I always said I would become a professional footballer.

“Thank you Aston Villa for making my dream come true!!! 17 years, 391 games, 87 goals for the team I’ve supported all my life is something I would never have dreamt of!!

“Thank you to the fans who have supported me all my career you have made me feel proud to put a Villa shirt on! And also to the staff and players I have had the privilege to work with. I will miss you all.

“I look forward to watching the great young talent we have at the club and watching this special club get back to the where it belongs!

“The pleasure has been all mine, Aston Villa.”

‘Really severe’

A football finance expert says Aston Villa’s predicament is ‘really severe’ and has predicted sales this summer.

The claret and blues were resigned to a third successive season of Championship football with defeat to Fulham in the play-off final at Wembley.

Steve Bruce’s expensively-assembled squad is now expected to be broken up this summer as the club desperately attempt to stay within Financial Fair Play restrictions.

The club’s most valuable asset, Jack Grealish, is already being linked with a host of Premier League sides with Villa likely to sell at least one of their top players.

Kieran Maguire, a lecturer in football finance at the University of Liverpool, discussed Villa’s problems at length with the BBC.

Cash cuts

“It’s really severe for Villa because this is the second year they’ve had parachute payments. They got around £35million from the Premier League to cushion the blow of relegation.

“Those payments get cut back severely next year so they’re going to have £20million less coming in. I think the problem for Villa is that the owner has gambled in the last couple of years on recruiting players on big wages.

Read the full story:

“It’s really severe” – Aston Villa and Tony Xia warned of the grim reality now facing them

Gil to depart

Aston Villa are finally set to get Spanish playmaker Carles Gil off their books as the club’s summer transfer business gets underway.

Gil has spent the last two seasons on loan at La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna and played 11 times as they were relegated from the Spanish top flight this term.

Villa owner Dr Tony Xia revealed last year that Deportivo had an ‘obligation’ to buy Gil this summer.

Recent reports in Spain claimed relegation from La Liga would prevent Deportivo from honouring that agreement, but their new sporting director has since addressed those claims.

Carmelo del Pozo told Marca: “Carles Gil’s compulsory purchase will be effective, then we will see if he wants to play in Segunda and if he is convinced of playing in Segunda.”

Gil joined Villa in 2015 from Valencia and made 34 appearances in 18 months at the club.

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