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Jack Grealish’s former manager issues Manchester United transfer claim

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on February 6, 2021 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

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Former Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish, who handed Jack Grealish a debut for his boyhood club, insists he has elite clubs across Europe on red alert this summer. The 25-year-old is set to take centre stage for the Three Lions at Euro 2020.

Recalling his first meeting with Grealish, former Villa manager McLeish said: “I went to see the Academy boys on a Saturday morning as we were playing at home. Jack was there with his socks down – a precocious young talent.

“I was saying; ‘give Jack the ball, just get him on the ball’. All the swerving, the checking, the turning back, the tricks he had – this kid just had it. He was an absolute natural. I put him on the bench for one of the games, I think he was only 17 or something.”

McLeish added: “I spoke to his father, the Academy director about a new contract and we managed to secure him [to a new contract] again when there was speculation that Manchester United were waiting in the wings. And that was at a very young age. He’s an absolute Villa legend and he could become an England legend. Scotland must be at their best to stop him.”


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