Jack Grealish admits he almost joined Man Utd in 2020


Jack Grealish has confessed that he came close to joining Manchester United in 2020, 12 months before heading to the other side of town in a £100m deal.

Grealish impressed immediately upon Aston Villa’s return to the Premier League in 2019/20 and was heavily pursued by United, who were desperately on the lookout for more creativity.

For whatever reason, a deal never materialised and Grealish ended up penning a new contract with Villa that contained the £100m release clause which Manchester City happily triggered before the start of the current campaign.

“I was really close to going, but nothing happened in the end,” he told The Telegraph. “We played United in a pre-season game on Saturday and I wasn’t supposed to play in a cup game at Burton.

“But after the United game I said to Christian Purslow [Aston Villa’s chief executive] and my agent ‘if I’m not leaving, I’ll sign my new contract’.



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