Former Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry has urged Jack Grealish to move to the Etihad Stadium, rather than Manchester United.
The England star has been linked with both clubs in recent times, and his amazing form with Aston Villa is leading to speculation that he might leave in the summer.
Grealish has been one of the standout performers this season in the Premier League, and has seven goals and 11 assists in 20 appearances across all competitions.
He’s the top creator in the division up to now (EPL Statman), and the 25-year-old has routinely come in for plaudits from fans and pundits alike.
There could well be battle between the Manchester clubs for him in the summer, and Barry – who of course spent many years at Villa – has implored Grealish to choose City.
He told talkSPORT: “It’ll be interesting times for Jack and for Aston Villa in the summer but looking with a Villa head on, it would be great if we see Jack Grealish playing European football for Aston Villa and not anyone else.
“I would love to see him work under someone like [Pep] Guardiola,” he added. “That manager could help him learn more about the game, improve more. I’d go for Manchester City if you make me choose one.”
Grealish could become world-class at City
Grealish would be an absolutely amazing addition for City.
He would undoubtedly cost a fortune, but if he joined he could genuinely become a world-beater under Pep Guardiola, with technical and versatile players proven to flourish under his tutelage.
He’s already been given the seal of approval by Kevin De Bruyne, who said last year that he rates the maestro ‘very highly’ (Mirror), which has to count for a lot.
City may or may not win the Premier League in 2020/21, but any move for Grealish would be a statement of intent either way.