Grealish jokes at reason for not joining Man Utd; namechecks Old Trafford star

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has joked about the reason why he did not complete a proposed move to Manchester United last summer.

The Red Devils were very keen on a deal for the 25-year-old but were put off by Villa’s £80million asking price.

The midlands club were able to quote that price after avoiding relegation last season.

Grealish then celebrated top-flight survival by penning a new contract. That deal will keep him at his boyhood club until at least 2025.

The England playmaker was asked point blank why he didn’t sign for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, in a video with YouTuber and United fan Harry Pinero.

After the question was put to him, Grealish chuckled and said: “You’ve got Bruno anyway.”

Pinero continued his praise for Grealish, adding: “You’ve got the filthiest first touch in the Prem.”

However, Grealish once again issued a humble response by praising Fernandes and Manchester City midfielderKevin De Bruyne.

“That’s not true,” he said. “I do some alright touches but you need to put a bit of respect on Bruno and KDB.”

Despite his throwaway comments about United, it is still rumoured that Old Trafford bosses are monitoring his progress.

Villa, however, have gone from strength to strength this season and are in the shake-up for a top-six finish.

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