Dean Smith holds no detrimental emotions in the direction of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after having a private chat with Jack Grealish after Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa – and confessed he would have completed the identical had the shoe been on the opposite foot!
Solskjaer reportedly approached Grealish after he performed a starring function at Old Trafford on Sunday – curling a luxurious strike previous David de Gea to give the West Midlands membership an early lead – telling him: ‘You were the best player on the pitch today.’
The Aston Villa captain has been in beautiful kind in current weeks, scoring 3 times in his final 5 Premier League matches, and is tipped not solely to be known as up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad but additionally doubtlessly safe a transfer to one of many Premier League’s elite.
But Smith has no difficulty with different top-flight managers heaping reward onto Aston Villa’s talisman, whereas insisting the membership are determined to maintain onto the boyhood Villans fan.
Smith mentioned forward of his facet’s journey to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night time: ‘I’d say it if I noticed opposition participant operating sport! And for 30 minutes he was.
‘I’ve seen hypothesis within the press with pundits linking him with different golf equipment, what they don’t realise, I’ve labored with this child for 14 months, he tells the story himself of leaping right into a bush within the backyard at six years outdated pretending it was the Holte End.
‘He’s Villa by way of and thru, he’s now acting on the largest stage he can within the Premier League for Aston Villa. He’s enjoying nicely, scoring targets, creating assists and it’s a membership he loves.
‘He signed a new deal at the start of last season, we’ve acquired two very rich house owners who need to construct the group round Jack.
‘They can keep linking him, but this is the one club he loves and that’s most likely an important factor.
‘Wolves got promoted last year, I didn’t see [Ruben] Neves getting linked with Manchester United… this isn’t a small membership right here at Aston villa.
‘As I’ve mentioned, we’ve acquired two billionaire house owners who purchased the membership for a motive, needed this membership to get into Premier League.
‘We are in the Premier league and now we want to carry it forward. I’m positive they wouldn’t be considering of one among our high gamers being linked with different golf equipment.’