I understand Grealish frustration – Bruce

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Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce says he has sympathy for Jack Grealish after a summer move to Tottenham failed to materialise.

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce says he has sympathy for Jack Grealish after a summer move to Tottenham failed to materialise.

Spurs were tracking former England Under-21 international Grealish throughout the summer transfer window and a move to the Premier League looked likely for the midfielder due to the financial worries of the Villans.

However, Villa, who lost to Fulham in the Championship play-off final last season, were taken over by new owners last month and the cash injection meant the club did not have to sell their star players.

Tottenham did bid £25million for Grealish on Thursday’s deadline day but after that bid was turned down, the top-flight club, who didn’t sign a single player this summer, decided not to pursue the matter further.

Grealish was said to be ‘disillusioned’ when hearing Villa had rejected the offer from Spurs and Bruce, who says keeping the 22-year-old is great for the team, says he does have a degree of sympathy for his star man.

‘It is great for myself,’ he said. ‘I can understand the disappointment from Jack, in some ways, but he has been terrific and respectable towards the club. Let’s be fair, Spurs are a huge club in England and in Europe but he has taken the decision from the owner and hopefully we can move forward.

‘He [Grealish] will hopefully take us to where we want to get to and fulfil his ambitions with ourselves. I think what is vitally important to everybody is that the owner has put out a statement of intent.’

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