Jack Grealish did not wave an “emotional goodbye” to Aston Villa fans last Sunday – and that could be a hint he will stay at Villa Park next season.
That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Villa’s 2-1 final-day victory over Chelsea.
As revealed by Football Insider in April, Villa are bracing themselves for a massive bid for their captain this summer as Man City ramp up their interest.
Grealish performed the customary end-of-season lap of honour after full-time against Chelsea, throwing his shirt into the crowd along the way.
But Kenny observed that the 25-year-old did not seem particularly moved after the final whistle, and that could indicate he is set to stay at Villa Park.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “He didn’t seem like he made a big emotional goodbye to the fans. So he will possibly stay for another season.
“I don’t like the big emotional goodbye stuff when you’re not even sure if you’re leaving yet. If there is something being planned behind the scenes, it depends who comes in for him whether he’ll be tempted.
“If he stays one more season, it’ll do him no harm. He’s still a pretty young lad himself.
“But as I say, I’m glad he hasn’t done a big emotional goodbye. I don’t really like that. It’s not fair.”
Grealish featured 26 times for Aston Villa in 2020-21, scoring six goals and registering 12 assists.
He missed 12 games with a shin injury between February and May.