Fri. Jan 24th, 2020

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Aston Villa boss Dean Smith teases Manchester United over Jack Grealish transfer

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Jack Grealish has been heavily linked with Manchester United in recent weeks (Picture: Getty)

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith says clubs like Manchester United ‘can keep looking but they can’t touch’ Jack Grealish this January.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly prioritising the signing of a young attacking midfielder and Grealish, 24, is firmly on United’s radar, as well as 23-year-old Leicester star James Maddison.

The Red Devils are short of options in midfield, with Scott McTominay out until the end of February with a knee injury and Paul Pogba set for ankle surgery.

Grealish has been in sublime form for Villa, notching up six goals and five goals in the Premier League this season, and it’s no surprise his outstanding performances have caught United’s attention.

Smith insists Grealish is not for sale this January

Smith insists Grealish is not for sale this January (Picture: Getty)

However, Villa boss Smith has ruled out a move for Grealish this winter as the Englishman is integral to the club’s survival hopes this term.

Asked about the speculation surrounding Grealish on Friday, Smith insisted: ‘We’ll be keeping hold of Jack Grealish.

‘People can keep looking but they can’t touch.’

Villa will be without Wesley for the rest of the season

Villa will be without Wesley for the rest of the season (Picture: Getty)

Both Tom Heaton and Wesley sustained serious knee injuries against Burnley on New Year’s Day and Smith has confirmed the duo will be out for the remainder of the campaign.

‘The win came at a cost and the cost is two key players. Both have got significant knee injuries which rules them out for the rest of the season,’ he said.

‘I’m very disappointed for them personally. Tom’s a player I wanted to bring in at the start of the season, Premier League player and England goalkeeper, great character and a leader and he’s proven that in the dressing room already. I feel for him and his family because he’d have been nailed on to go to Euro 2020.

‘And then young Wesley, our record signing, he’s come in and there’s been an awful lot of pressure on his shoulders. He made his Brazil debut this season and was playing really well for us, scored a good goal and unfortunately for him he’s out for the season as well.

‘So they’re two key players who I feel very sorry for but we’ve had five games in 16 days and we’ve got another seven in January so we can’t go round feeling too sorry for ourselves.

‘We have to deal with it and help the players in their recovery but also go and recruit wisely.’

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