Alan Hutton claims it will be “impossible” for Jack Grealish to continue playing for Aston Villa if the club are relegated this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa defender insists the 24-year-old has to be playing in the Premier League next term.
With the season currently suspended, Villa sit 19th in the table, two points from safety with 10 games left to play.
The Mirror report that the Villa chiefs will not accept anything less than £80million for their midfield ace, even if they were to drop into the Championship at the end of the season.
However, Hutton does not believe there is any way Grealish will stay at the club if they are relegated, suggesting he could be playing for a Champions League side next term.
Hutton told Football Insider: “It depends on how Aston Villa are going to stand on it – are they going to stand tough and say no, that’s it? A lot is going to depend on what league they’re in. There is no way Jack can continue playing at Villa if Villa get relegated, it’s impossible.
“It’s going to be a very tough decision, I know it’s going to be tough for him, he’s Villa through and through, his family are Villa through and through so it’s going to be hard.
“For his future, he deserves to be at a top-four club in my opinion.”
Grealish has stolen the show at Villa Park this season with nine goals and eight assists across all competitions.
Despite his efforts, the Villans are two points behind Watford, West Ham and Bournemouth in their relegation battle, although they have a game in hand over the trio.
In other Aston Villa news, Hutton has been left delighted after the club wrapped up a new deal.