The agent of Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has revealed “many clubs” are interested in his client, but Manchester United are not “at the top of that list”.
Grealish, 25, has enjoyed another standout season for his boyhood club and speculation of a move away from Villa Park is unlikely to abate this summer.
The burgeoning Brummie has endured a protracted spell on the sidelines since sustaining a shin injury in mid-February, missing the previous 12 Premier League games as a result, but he is set to return to training this week.
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Despite sitting on the sidelines for the past three months, the convalescing star remains one of this season’s most impressive players and many are tipping him to make Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020.
Such form has only fanned the flames on a potential exit this summer, with a number of elite clubs thought to be keeping tabs on the Villa playmaker, but Man Utd — one of those most heavily linked — are not at the front of the queue according to Grealish’s representative.
“The truth is we don’t know [what will happen],” Grealish’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, told SNTV.
“There are many clubs [interested] and I wouldn’t put Manchester United at the top of that [list].
“But he could stay.
“He could stay as well so it’s a conversation the club, Aston Villa, will have with Jack and ourselves then we’ll see where we go.”
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“He loves Villa”
Since helping Villa to Premier League safety last season, Dean Smith’s side have really pushed on, but their aspirations of challenging for a European place have severely stagnated since Grealish picked up his injury in February.
The five-time England international has a contract that runs until 2025, and while Barnett has admitted he ‘doesn’t know what will happen’ this summer, he recently detailed his client’s love for Villa and his immediate focus on the club.
He told Sky Sports earlier this month: “He loves Villa, but I think we just have to wait to see how things pan out.
“At the moment he is a Villa player and he has had no thoughts about anything else.
“We have to do what is best for Jack and for everybody else.”