McLeish reveals how £100m star Grealish nearly quit Aston Villa for '£100,000'
Alex McLeish has claimed Aston Villa will be “absolutely delirious” at getting a potential £100million for Jack Grealish.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Villa boss revealed the 25-year-old could have left for as little as £100,000 in compensation during his time in charge.
As revealed by Football Insider on Wednesday (August 4th), Grealish is undergoing a medical with Manchester City ahead of a move that could eventually be worth £100million.
A Villa source told Football Insider that City will pay an initial £75million, with the other £25m made up of performance-related add-ons.
McLeish, who managed Villa between 2011 and 2012, lifted the lid on contract talks with the homegrown hero when he was an academy prospect.
He revealed the Villans could have lost Grealish for a six-figure fee had he not been persuaded to stay.
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Asked if he thought Villa could be happy with the money, McLeish told Football Insider deputy editor Russell Edge: “Happy? Absolutely delirious.
“To think, Brian Jones was the academy guy when I was at the club. Jack’s contract was up and he was asking quite high money for an academy kid at that time.
“Brian Jones asked me: ‘What do I do?’ We got Jack’s dad and Jack into the office and negotiated a deal with them.
“If we’d have let things go, if Brian had said: ‘No, we can’t afford to pay that kind of academy money,’ Jack would have been out the club for £100-200,000. So nearly £100million later…
“Brian Jones oversaw the academy, he did a great job in helping to secure Jack there. Jack’s dad wanted stability for him and for him to stay at the club.”
Grealish has played 213 times for Villa since breaking through the youth ranks.