'There is truth in that' - Exclusive: Kevin Phillips reacts to shock Aston Villa star claim

Kevin Phillips admitted there is truth in Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings’ claim that ‘Project Restart’ is driven solely by money.

The former Claret and Blue, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that football clubs are businesses first and foremost in the modern era and that finances will ultimately dictate the sport.

The Premier League announced last week that the season would resume on 17 June with Aston Villa hosting this season’s surprise package Sheffield United.

Mings was unimpressed by the news and told the Daily Mail that the plans to restart the season are 100 per cent financially driven with nothing owed to sporting integrity.

Phillips insisted while it is not ideal to return in the current circumstances it is a situation that is improving daily.

“There is an element of truth in that,” he told Football Insider.

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“We know how much money is generated in the Premier League through TV rights and it would hit the football world very heavily if we did not restart.

“Nobody would want to come back unless it is 100 per cent safe but we are moving in the right direction as a country as a whole.

“Ultimately, it is financially driven. It is a business now. It is not just sport anymore, it is a business for every club.

“I would not say 100% but it is certainly a high percentage.”

Mings said: “The motives are possibly 100% financially driven rather than integrity driven.

“I am all for playing again because we have no other choice.

“As players, we were the last people to be consulted about Project Restart and that is because of where we fall in football’s order of priority.”

In other Aston Villa news, it can be REVEALED that 22-year-old has knocked back the clubs advances over a new contract as exit nears.