Micah Richards has claimed Manchester City had some interest in signing Jack Grealish before the midfielder penned a new deal with Aston Villa.
The 25-year-old ended speculation over his future earlier this weekend by signing a five-year contract at Villa Park worth around £135,000-a-week according to The Daily Mail.
The development is huge for Dean Smith, who is looking to avoid another relegation scrap this season.
News of Grealish’s new deal has prompted sighs of relief across the Midlands, as there seemed every chance he might have left.
Interestingly Sky Sports pundit Richards has claimed Manchester City were keen to get Grealish before he committed his future.
Writing in The Daily Mail, he said: “Manchester United’s interest in him was well trailed through the summer but, for one reason or another, speculation did not result in a move to Old Trafford.
“Plenty of clubs have looked at Jack down the years. My understanding is there was some recent interest from Manchester City and if anyone had asked my opinion, my reply would have been short: ‘Sign him!’ I’m not being disrespectful to Villa, I’m just saying he has what it takes to play at the very top.”
TBR’s View – Grealish decision even sweeter
If City really were keen on signing Grealish, then the fact he still chose to extend with Villa will be extra satisfying for supporters.
With David Silva having left the Etihad Stadium, it might have been a tempting move to make, if of course, the interest had gotten as far as Grealish himself.