Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has moved to repel potential suitors from wrestling talented youngster Jack Grealish from the clutches of his club by slapping a huge price tag on the 20-year-old’s head.
According to Sky Sports via the Daily Mirror, the former Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has stated: "I wouldn't want to sell Jack Grealish for £60m today, put it that way. I know what he could possibly be.
"What looks expensive this year might not be expensive next year. That's the way the game is going.
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"He's a great player is Jack, but he's got to realise - I've been on at him every day - there is more to the game than just when you're in possession."
That the manager rates Grealish so highly is testament to the youngster’s potential and ability.
Sherwood’s assessment is further backed-up by former Villa academy director Bryan Jones comparingGrealish to Nottingham Forest wing wizard John Robertson – a legend who has been described as “the Picasso of our game" by former Forest manager Brian Clough.
The slick-haired attacking midfielder has also been mentioned by Jones as possibly being the most complete player Villa has ever produced, over the likes of Gareth Barry, Steven Davis and Darius Vassell.
Under Sherwood’s tenure, the Solihull-born Villa supporter, who has been on Villa’s books since the age of six, has gone from strength to strength.
Notably, he put in a shining performance for the Villains in last season’s shock FA Cup semi-final win against Liverpool, booking a place in the final against Arsenal.
MUST KEEP HOLD AT ALL COSTS
Having sold key players such as Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph during the off-season, Villa can ill-afford to lose a player of Grealish’s caliber – what more someone who has come up through their ranks.
Villa fans will hope that their club can hold on to their prized asset for as long as possible, as it will undoubtedly be gut-wrenching to lose a homegrown player who could arguably, go on to make the same impact at Villa Park as Steven Gerrard or Ryan Giggs did at their respective clubs.