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Aston Villa boss says Grealish not for sale in January

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa celebrates victory at the end of the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Norwich City at Villa Park on December 26, 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)

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Dean Smith has emphatically informed the rest of the Premier League that Aston Villa’s highly sought-after midfielder Jack Grealish is not for sale this month.

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“People can keep looking, but they can’t touch,” the Villa manager said on Friday amid the latest round of rumors linking the 24-year-old playmaker with a move away from Villa Park.

Grealish was heavily linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, but Villa were able to keep hold of their homegrown star — with the club since 6 years old — after winning promotion back to the PL. Now, Manchester United are the latest club with a reported interest in the England U-21 international .

Year 1 in the top flight hasn’t exactly gone to plan — Villa sit 17th, one point clear of relegation after 21 games — but Grealish has done his part thus far, racking up six goals and five assists in 19 PL appearances.

“I think he’s a big target for many teams and you can see why. He’s a top player, but as I’ve said before, our owners are very ambitious and want to establish us as a top Premier League club.

“To do that you have to keep your best players, so we’ll be keeping hold of Jack Grealish.”

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