Steve Bruce: Aston Villa wouldn't have accepted any bid for Jack Grealish
Steve Bruce has claimed no transfer bid would have been enough to prise Jack Grealish away from Villa.
The 22-year-old remained at Villa Park despite his future being the subject of speculation all summer, after the club’s new executive chairman Nassef Sawiris stood firm in the face of interest from Tottenham.
It is thought the Premier League club were willing to offer £25million for Grealish, yet boss Bruce reckons no club stood a chance of getting the 22-year-old due to Sawiris’s stance.
“There was no figure for Jack, the owner made that pretty clear six days ago,” said Bruce. “Whatever Spurs offered he wasn’t going to listen to.
“Not everybody believed it. They can start believing him now.
“He didn’t want to lose his star player, he wants to build his team around it. It’s great for myself.”
Grealish is understood to have been keen to test his skills in the Champions League.
Bruce added: “I can understand disappointment from Jack in some ways, but he’s been terrific and respectful to the club. He has been here since six. The big league.
“Spurs are a big team in Europe. He has taken the decision from the owner and move forward, take us to where we want to get to and fulfil our ambitions with ourselves.”
Goalkeeper Jed Steer is, meanwhile, poised to join League One Charlton on a season-long loan.
The 25-year-old started Villa’s season opening 3-1 win at Hull on Monday night but the arrival of both Orjan Nyland and Andre Moreira means his chances were expected to be limited.
Nyland, who joined in a £1million deal from German Second Division outfit FC Ingolstadt, is poised to make his debut in tomorrow’s home game with Wigan.
Strike duo Scott Hogan and Keinan Davis remain sidelined through injury, though Mile Jedinak is available again after recovering from injury.