Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish returned to the club for training after he was the subject of a £100m bid by Manchester City. He returns after an extended break as he was part of the England squad that reached the final of Euro 2020. He was seen doing a few light training exercises before the start of the new season. Although Villa have not responded formally to the offer, it is expected they will accept it.

Grealish is now forced to make a decision whether he would like to leave his boyhood club in the biggest transfer in English football. The previous record was held by Paul Pogba when he rejoined Manchester United from Juventus for £93.25m.

“Aston Villa supporters have been hailing him for years, celebrating a special talent which had emerged from their youth ranks.” Peter Smith said after Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish returned to training. ”It took some time for fans of other clubs to get on board but Jack Grealish and his X-factor has won over all the judges now. At Euro 2020, the sound of England supporters cheering his warm-ups and chanting his name, urging Gareth Southgate to throw him into the action, was the perfect illustration of that.”

“He appeared for just 137 minutes at that tournament but he was a major story throughout. His two assists and cameos off the bench were a tantalizing glimpse of what England had in the locker and drove the conversation about how they should attack,” he added.

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