Grealish will “cost an awful lot of money”

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Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith has warned potential suitors that star player Jack Grealish won’t come cheap.

Grealish scored on the final day in the 1-1 draw against West Ham on Sunday at the London Stadium to save Villa from getting relegated from the Premier League and also to cap off a good season.

The Villa captain has been linked with a number of PL clubs with Smith making it clear that he doesn’t know what the future holds for Grealish.

“I’m certainly hopeful he will play for Villa again. He is contracted for another three years, I think,” Smith told BT Sport.

“I have said many times before we have billionaire owners. If people want to come and get our best players, they will cost an awful lot of money,” – Smith. Picture: Aston Villa/Twitter. 

The 24-year-old played an instrumental role in ensuring that Villa avoids the axe in the PL with eight goals and six assists in 36 league matches.

Meanwhile, Smith went on to say that he has learned a lot about himself and the players after securing PL survival.

“I feel better than I did after getting us promoted last year in the playoffs, and that’s the honest truth.

“I said to Jack he’s going to score today [against West Ham], you don’t go 10 games without a goal. It’s a superb finish,” added the Villa boss.

“It’s been a tough season but a really enjoyable one. I’ve learned a lot, about myself, about the players. It’s a magnificent achievement, it shouldn’t be overlooked.

“You can see from the players’ reactions at the end, the team spirit that’s been there over the last 10 games. I’m immensely proud of every one of them.”

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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