Paul Scholes has encouraged Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish to join Manchester United, Manchester City, or Liverpool, insisting that Grealish “needs to get out now.”
Grealish has cemented his reputation as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League this season, helping Villa to a European place.
The 25-year-old is expected to leave in the summer, which Scholes believes is necessary if he wants to win trophies and play at a high level.
When asked if Grealish is a candidate for PFA Player of the Year in 2020-21, the former United midfielder told Optus Sport: “Don’t get me wrong, I love the player, but if he was doing this at Man United, Liverpool, City, one of the big clubs, then he’d be up there, he’d probably be top three.”
“Villa is not under any duress. If he wants to play for a top team, he must win every week. He needs to leave Villa to establish himself as a top player.
“It’s likely that Jack Grealish and Paolo Di Canio are the same individuals.” At Aston Villa, it’s all about him. He wants to get out now to a club that is under pressure to win every week and offer trophies.
“He is capable of doing it, but before you do it, there will always be doubt.”
When the transfer window reopens, it is confirmed that Villa will only consider offers for Grealish in the region of £80 million ($112 million).
The Midlands club is hesitant to lose such a valuable asset, particularly after awarding him a lucrative new five-year contract in September.
However, a host of top clubs, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur, are reportedly ready to put Villa’s resolve to the test.
Grealish’s improvement has been slowed by a leg injury that has held him out of both Villa’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester City and their 1-0 victory over Leeds United.