Championship midfielder admits ‘disappointment’ over failed Tottenham Hotspur move

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has admitted that there is a sense of discontentment after he failed to secure a move to the Premier League during the summer transfer window.

The 23-year-old appeared on the cusp of joining Tottenham Hotspur for vast parts of the summer but ultimately, a deal never materialised with a strange change of events at Villa Park.

Speaking to The Telegraph, the former England youth international admitted that he is not entirely pleased with how the proceedings went during the recently concluded transfer window.

He added that a move to Tottenham would have enhanced his prospects of making the Three Lions setup, though he should consider himself blessed to have the chance to turn up for his boyhood club.

Grealish appeared destined to pursue a fresh challenge from west Midlands during the summer after the Villains found themselves in a financial crisis following the failure to seal Premier League promotion.

However, owner Tony Xia managed to resolve the situation by selling his majority stake to new buyers Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens and their association meant that the club were not in anymore pressure to offload players.

As such, Spurs were urged to pay a much higher fee than the one which was initially quoted and ultimately, this meant that Grealish stayed put with the Villains – with whom he has now penned a fresh five-year contract.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side failed with a bid worth £25m during the previous transfer window and any future attempt for the midfielder may see them pay much higher with a £45m release clause deemed to be written into his current contract.

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