Robert Pires has compared Aston Villa star Jack Grealish to former Arsenal team-mate and club legend Dennis Bergkamp – and believes Manchester City should try and sign him as a replacement for David Silva.
Grealish will be Villa’s key man as they look to pull off an upset in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against City.
He is expected to leave Villa Park this summer, with Manchester United the club most consistently linked with a move for the 24-year-old.
“Jack is a great footballer with a good technique – and I love watching him play because he reminds me of Dennis Bergkamp,” ex-Villa winger Pires told the Mirror.
“I like to see him playing in the same position as Dennis, as a No.10.
“He has great vision, he isn’t a selfish player because he always wants to do what is best for the team, and I think he has a great future.
“I don’t want to put too much pressure on Jack, because he is still a young player learning the game, and Dennis was an incredible talent and a champion.
“But Grealish is a very complete player and I think the key for him is to keep playing like he enjoys his football.”
And Pires claims Pep Guardiola should look at Grealish as a replacement for David Silva.
“City need to find a replacement for Silva next season – and I think Grealish is someone who Pep will look at,” he said.
“He is English, he has good experience of the Premier League, and he has great technique.
“But I think Grealish is a player who would interest a lot of top clubs, like United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
“This has been a tough season for Villa, but I think Grealish will take a lot from it.
“He has learned how to fight every weekend and we have all seen how much it means to him to play for the club.
“Playing against Man City at Wembley is a great stage for Jack. But not just him. This is a chance for Villa to win a big trophy and that would have a big effect on the rest of their season.”