By Alex McLeish

2nd Jul, 2021 | 4:00pm

Aston Villa to 'fight tooth and nail' for Grealish deal as BBC report talks - McLeish

Alex McLeish has claimed Aston Villa will fight “tooth and nail” to tie Jack Grealish down to a new contract this summer.

The former Villa boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted while a £100million bid would be tempting, his old side would rather keep their talisman.

As reported by BBC Sport (June 25th), Villa have opened talks with Grealish over a new contract amid growing interest from Manchester City. 

It is said the 25-year-old is valued at £100million by the Midlands giants.

McLeish suggested Villa would go all out to try and convince him to stay.

However, he admitted the lure of playing Champions League football and winning silverware could tempt Grealish away.

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McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I’m sure Villa don’t want him to go. They want him to progress to winning trophies, to be competing for the top six, top four if you like.

“The only way they’ll do that is by keeping hold of their best players and buying increasingly better ones in the market. They’ve had an attempt with Smith-Rowe.

“There’s every possibility that the £100million tag is going to persuade them to let him go.

“But I get the feeling they’re going to fight tooth and nail to stop this one. At the end of it it will depend on the player.

“The fear every Villa fan and everyone at Aston Villa has is the player saying: ‘I feel I’ve got a better chance of winning the Champions League with Man City.’

Grealish still has four years left on the contract he signed back in September 2020.

He has played 213 times for the Villans to date.

In other news, Football Insider pundit adamant former Aston Villa star will be back next season.