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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.”