Aston Villa boss Dean Smith revealed that he and Jack Grealish had a pleasant exchange before he completed his move to Manchester City. The spotlight has been on Jack Grealish after his second successful season in the top flight. He had a telling impact at Euro 2020 which sealed a £100m transfer to Manchester City. Smith revealed he hoped that Grealish would stay but his release clause ended his 19-year stay at the club.
“We’re all disappointed Jack chose to leave the football club because he meant so much to all of us, but we also understand why he left and wish him well – obviously apart from when he plays Aston Villa,” says Smith after Jack Grealish completed his move. “We were probably 18 months behind where we needed to be to keep him, but we’ll strive to get there. I thanked Jack for all our time together and he thanked me for everything I’ve done for him as well. I wished him well and told him not to be a stranger, so he’ll remain one of my clan that I’ve helped along and we’ll keep in touch, that’s for sure.”
“He’s a unique player, a unique character, and I can honestly say he’s the best player I’ve worked with and I’ve really enjoyed helping his development and him becoming the person he is today,” he added. ”When I first came to the football club, we were 12 games in and he only had one assist. I told him the currency was assists and goals and he started to achieve that over the past three years.”