What Jack Grealish’s agent said about Man Utd transfer and advice for the Aston Villa star
Jack Grealish’s agent was elusive when he recently discussed the future of the Aston Villa captain.
Grealish, 25, is currently at Euro 2020 in hopes Gareth Southgate will give him a start in England’s final group game with the Czech Republic.
The Villa star was off the bench last time against Scotland and pundits and supporters are demanding he start in the Group D decision maker on Tuesday.
Every minute Southgate gives Grealish this summer will only improve his reputation across Europe and speculation about his future is already escalating.
Manchester United are known to be longtime admirers of Grealish, while Premier League champions Manchester City are also said to be enthusiastic.
In the past, Grealish has also been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid and the England international has already admitted his desire to play in Spain one day.
When asked which countries he would like to discover in his career during an Instagram Q&A last year, Grealish replied: “Spain, but later in life (I would like to) play in the United States. ”
Renowned agent Jonathan Barnett, of Stellar Group, now manages Grealish’s career and gave a candid interview last month.
What did he say?
“The truth is we don’t know [what will happen]”, he told SNTV.” There are a lot of clubs [interested] and I wouldn’t put Manchester United on top of this [list]. But he could stay.
“He loves Villa, but I think we just have to wait and see how things go.
“At the moment he’s a Villa player and he hasn’t thought of anything else. We have to do what’s best for Jack and for everyone.”
How Barnett advises his clients
Barnett has managed the careers of some big names, not only in football but in sport in general.
The 71-year-old football’s biggest client is Gareth Bale, who transferred for a world record £ 86million to Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013.
Speaking at the Financial Times Business of Football summit, Barnett gave an overview of how he advises his clients on transfers.
“It changes at different ages,” he said. “For a young boy, it’s playing for a club that will give him games, watch his development and help him reach the level he can reach. That’s the most important thing.
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“If he goes to a club where there are people at his post and he can’t play, you stifle his career. It is not only my responsibility, but I will advise him on where he can go.
“At later stages in his life I think money becomes important, so the criteria change over the course of his career.
“The timing is crucial, absolutely crucial. When I spoke earlier about the family taking care of the players, they really didn’t understand the nuances of what needs to be done.
“I promise you that the well-being of the player is the first thing we have to take care of – not that of the club.”