Jack Grealish is still going to be a “legend” at Aston Villa even if he completes his £100m move to Manchester City, according to Jamie O’Hara.
Pep Guardiola has long been an admirer of Grealish, and the midfielder’s move to Man City appears to be edging closer to being completed.
Aston Villa value their prized asset at £100m this summer and Man City have now placed a bid in the region of that asking price.
This offer is “expected to be accepted” by Aston Villa ahead of the season restart next week.
“I played for Tottenham, my boyhood club, and it was a dream to play for them.
“But for Jack Grealish, he’s been at Aston Villa for a long period of time now, he’s done great things, he’s already a legend.
“If he leaves tomorrow and goes to Man City, he’s still going to be an Aston Villa legend.
“He has to go to Man City because he will guarantee himself trophies. He will win the Premier League, he will win the FA Cup, the League Cup and he will probably win the Champions League as well.
“It’s only a matter of time before Man City do eventually get it over the line, and I think if you’re signing players like Jack Grealish and they’re talking about Harry Kane, too, they’ll win a Champions League.
“Jack is not going to do that at Aston Villa. As much as Aston Villa are going out and signing players and are going in the right direction, and they are a huge football club, they’re still ten years behind where Man City are right now.
“In ten years’ time, Jack Grealish probably won’t be a footballer anymore, he’ll be at the end of his career, so he needs to go to a club now, like Man City, who are going to offer him a huge contract and will guarantee him success and trophies.
“So, when he does retire he looks back, he can say: ‘I played at the top level and won everything’.”