By Gabriel Agbonlahor

3rd Aug, 2021 | 8:00pm

Agbonlahor shares verdict on Grealish quitting Aston Villa for Man City as footage emerges

Gabby Agbonlahor is “confident” Jack Grealish will stay at Aston Villa and snub a move to Manchester City.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Villa captain, who Grealish cited as a personal hero this summer, insisted the 25-year-old can become the club’s “best-ever” player if he stays this summer.

Football Insider learned on 31 July Man City have lined up a medical for Grealish and hope to complete the £100million deal.

Footage emerged via Twitter user @AVFTS1 yesterday (2 August) of the Villa captain deep in conversation with Johan Lange.

“It’s a very difficult situation,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Earlier on in the transfer window when I saw Emi Buendia come in, I had a little feeling that Villa were being a bit clever and get their business done early before transfers happen.

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“Then when I see Leon Bailey, that gave me a bit of a worry. Aston Villa are not going to sign Leon Bailey for him to sit on the bench, he’s going to be a starter. That worried me.

“I just think, he’s probably having talks with the owners who will not want to lose him. I am confident he will stay. He loves Aston Villa, he’s the captain, he’s got into the England squad playing for Aston Villa.

“The club want to keep spending and bringing in players. I’m sure they are not far off matching what Man City can pay, financially. I just hope he will stay.

“He’s already a Villa legend but he can become their best-ever player if he stays.

“I’m just hoping he stays. It’s a long month before the window closes. Villa fans probably wish it would close before the season starts but we’ve got a long month ahead of us.

“We’ve seen these transfers before, one minute it’s on, one minute it’s off. Aston Villa fans have just got to pray everyday that he stays.”

In other news, Dean Smith has made a U-turn on an Aston Villa forward transfer after shattering news.