Manchester City have been dealt a blow in their hopes of signing Jack Grealish this summer, as Aston Villa are reportedly confident that he will sign a new deal with Dean Smith’s side.
According to the Daily Mail, Villa are confident that they will be able to tie down their talisman to a new deal at Villa Park, which will significantly increase his wages and potentially see off interest from the Citizens.
City have been regularly linked with a move for the England international in recent months, with reports suggesting that they are ready to pay £100m in order to bring him to the Etihad this summer.
The former Notts County loanee enjoyed a superb campaign with the Villans, contributing six goals and 10 assists in 26 Premier League appearances, which helped him average an impressive 7.56 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
Only Harry Kane and Kevin De Bruyne rated higher in the 2020/21 Premier League, so it is easy to see why Grealish is attracting so much interest from City this summer, and also why Villa are desperate to keep him at Villa Park by handing him an improved deal despite his current contract not set to expire until 2025.
Harry Redknapp was full of praise for Grealish’s performances last season, saying: “I love to see teams go and attack and I love Jack Grealish. I’m a massive fan of his, I think he’s incredible.
“For me, I think he’s been the footballer of the year so far, if I was voting I’d pick him. He’s dragged Aston Villa up the league, he’s a massive part of what they’ve achieved this year.”
Guardiola is also a big fan of the Englishman, having dubbed him an “exceptional” player in 2019, and he will surely be frustrated if one of his top targets for the summer becomes unattainable due to a new contract at Aston Villa, as he could well be the difference next season if City are to finally achieve their goal of winning the Champions League.