Tottenham Hotspur, depending on who you speak to, came to within a hair’s breadth of signing Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish in last summer’s transfer window, only for the move to fall through when Villa’s club ownership changed. There was some chance that Spurs were considering going back in for Grealish this summer if Villa didn’t win the Championship playoff and promote to the Premier League.
But they did, so Jack won’t. Sky Sports is reporting that Villa and Grealish are set to reject any overtures from Spurs, and that Grealish will be leading his boyhood club as they return to the Premier League for the first time since 2016.
This is the least surprising news ever, but we might as well officilally put a stake in the heart of any Grealish to Tottenham rumours right now. Grealish, 23, loves Villa — he’s been at the club since the age of six and the only reason he reportedly wanted a move to Spurs last summer was because he’s too good for the Championship and would have likely thrived under Mauricio Pochettino.
But he’s the heart and soul of Aston Villa’s return to Premier League football — he’s Villa’s Harry Kane and captain — and whatever the club looks like next season Grealish will be at the center of the rebuild. And truthfully, I can’t fault him for wanting to stay. Villa are a massive club and belong in the Premier League. I’ll be watching him with great interest.
(And hey, if they go down next season maybe we can get him for cheap.)