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Jack Grealish returns to Aston Villa training for first time since Man City’s £100m transfer bid with future up in air

JACK GREALISH was back in Aston Villa colours for his first training session of his pre-season on Monday.

The Premier League side welcomed their captain back amid intense speculation over a £100million transfer bid from Manchester City.

Grealish, 25, flew back to England on the weekend after enjoying an extended post-Euro 2020 break.

Along with his fellow Three Lions heroes, he had been soaking up the sun in Greece and Croatia.

But his focus will return to Aston Villa and their Prem opener against Watford on August 14.

The midfielder may feature against Sevilla on Saturday as the team rounds off its pre-season schedule.

Social media images had raised fans’ hopes that Grealish was back at Villa’s training base on Sunday.

And his return was officially confirmed on Monday morning with the player featuring in a clip posted on the club’s Twitter page.

A £100m offer for Grealish is thought to be on the table with City hoping he expresses a desire to force through the move.

Villa have made their attempt at keeping the playmaker by offering a mega new deal, worth around £200,000-a-week.

The Midlands outfit are also bolstering their squad ahead of a push for European qualification next season, adding Emiliano Buendia and Ashley Young so far.

Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey is tipped to join them after a £30m bid was accepted by the Bundesliga side.

Harry Kane is also a target for Pep Guardiola’s City and the striker did NOT show up for a scheduled Covid test at Tottenham on Monday as he makes his return to training.

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