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Former Aston Villa favourite Tony Daley believes that Jack Grealish has a better chance of international attention if he stays at Villa Park. Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for Grealish.
According to MEN, Grealish remains on United’s radar, with Ole Gunnar Solksjaer keen to add another creative midfielder. Jadon Sancho remains the club’s top transfer priority, however, despite struggles in negotiations with Borussia Dortmund.
“If Jack goes, he’ll have everyone’s blessing here at Villa because of what he’s just done for the club,” Daley told the Daily Star . “But if he’s been picked for England already, he might think he’s better off staying with Villa, where he’s settled and plays every week. The Euros are coming up next summer – and Jack needs to be playing to stay in Southgate’s plans.”
He added: “I agree Jack now warrants a place in the England squad. He gave consistently good performances last season. When he was in the Championship, there were doubts if he could do it in the Premier League. Fair enough. But he’s now proved he can.
“Yes, there were ups and downs last season but people need to understand the immense pressure on his shoulders to keep Villa up. Everyone looked to Jack to deliver every game. But, when it mattered in the final few games, there was this new maturity about Jack, which really came to the fore.
“He didn’t try to do everything on his own. He realised Villa had to play as a team – and you could see how others around him responded to that. It seems England will have a bigger squad than normal next week. That means Jack must get in, surely? I believe he’s done enough to be picked in this squad. He’s shown what a talent he is at Villa – and he’ll go up another level with the national team, with even better players alongside him.”