Sources: Aston Villa make up minds on new captain appointment as Grealish exits
Aston Villa are set to name Tyrone Mings as their new captain, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The Premier League club are bidding farewell to Jack Grealish, who has held that role for over two years.
A Villa source has told Football Insider that the club will appoint Mings, 28, as the successor to Grealish.
As revealed by Football Insider last week (July 28th), Grealish is closing in on a move to Manchester City.
As detailed by this site on Wednesday (August 4th), the 25-year-old is set to undergo the necessary medical tests and finalise paperwork ahead of the weekend.
However, City are only set to pay an initial £75million for his capture, with another £25million made up of performance-related add-ons.
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His departure means Dean Smith needs to find another incumbent for the captain’s armband.
It is understood Mings, who initially joined on loan in January 2019, will take over the captain’s responsibilities.
Grealish has held the armband since filling in for the injured James Chester and Alan Hutton in March 2019.
He captained his boyhood team to promotion via the Championship play-offs that year.
The attacking midfielder kept the captaincy on Villa’s return to the Premier League and helped them avoid relegation during the 2019/20 season.
He then scored six goals and contributed 12 assists to help the Villans to an 11th place finish last term.
However, he missed 12 games between February and May through injury.
Mings was temporarily handed the captain’s armband in his absence and is now set to take on the role permanently.
The centre-back has played 91 times for Villa and 13 times for England since joining the club.