Manchester City broke the transfer record for the most expensive English player this summer by signing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa. The England international could have ended up somewhere else as he has now revealed he was close on joining Tottenham Hotspur at one point in his career. The proposed £25m transfer wasn’t successful for unknown reasons.
“I’ll always remember Dean Smith [Aston Villa boss] when he first come into Villa, he come in about three months into the season and I’d just nearly signed for Spurs that summer, it didn’t happen and then I stayed at Villa,” said Grealish. “He come in and he pulled me on his first day, and he says ‘so you were gonna [sic] sign for Spurs?’, I was like ‘yeah, nearly’.”
“He was like ‘£25m?’ – I think we were like nine games in – ‘nine games in now, look’. On the board it said no goals, one assist. He was like ‘I need you to get your numbers up’, and that was one thing I tried to do, to get my numbers up there, and as soon as I’ve gone to City, that’s what the manager has said to me.” Grealish signed for City this summer and the attacking midfielder has already scored one goal and provided one assist.