You could forgive most Aston Villa supporters for thinking that it would be the last time they would see their hero Jack Grealish in a Villa shirt after he was substituted in the 3-1 win over Hull on Monday night.
News broke on Tuesday when Sky Sports reported that Tottenham had finally stopped messing around and made an official bid of around £25million for the midfielder’s signature. Although most Villa fans expected more they didn’t expect what was coming on Wednesday.
Aston Villa rejected the £25million offer and Grealish would not be sold for any price that summer. Sky Sources even stated that people close to Nassef Sawiris stated that he wasn’t interested in their money.
Of course, it wasn’t what Sky or any of the media outlets wanted to hear. They wanted an ongoing transfer rumour on deadline day. The Mirror’s James Nursey even wrote an article stating that the youngster was heartbroken. I won’t say too much about Nursey as Villa fans have made their feelings well known about his constant negative articles about the club since the departure of former manager Paul Lambert.
What was more worrying, was the fact that the media even refused to listen when Jack’s brother Kevan tweeted the following about the Nursey story:
— Kevan Grealish (@Grealish_) August 8, 2018
It is amazing what some sections of the media will do to make up a story. What happened to using your sources to get the truth and actually doing some research?
No-one is saying that Grealish wouldn’t have been intrigued by any possible move to a club in the Champions League and you couldn’t really blame if he was but some of the stuff that was coming out was poor and Kevan stated in his above tweet.
STATEMENT OF INTENT
The decision to keep hold of Grealish despite most being resigned to losing the talented youngster is a real statement of intent from the clubs new owners and sensational news for the supporters.
Aston Villa is a much stronger side with Grealish in it and if we are to have any chance of promotion you need to keep hold of your best players.
Grealish will now apparently be offered a new bumper deal, alongside James Chester who also stuck with the club this summer.
It is believed that Grealish will more than double his money in a deal that will see him have a minimum fee clause that allows him to leave Villa should we fail to get promotion this season.
One thing is for sure, I am glad he is staying and I hope he realises just how much he is loved and adored by supporters of this great club.