MANCHESTER CITY ace Jack Grealish has revealed he ‘100 per cent’ wants to return to boyhood club Aston Villa at some point in the future.
The 26-year-old left Villa in the summer for a British transfer record of £100million.
But he’s already thinking of a return to his old stomping ground.
He told the Telegraph: “It’s a club that is so close to my heart and I definitely hope to go back there.
“That’s always been in my mind. Ashley Young has done it and I want to do the same, 100 per cent.”
Grealish says the club was heading towards Europe, but he didn’t know how long it was going to take to get there – which played a part in his decision to leave.
He continued: “You only get one shot at your career and it just flies by.
“I feel Villa are going towards that (Europe) but I just didn’t know how long it was going to take for us.
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“If I hadn’t come here, I would have regretted it forever. I remember hearing Michael Owen say the same about Real Madrid.
“You look at most of my England team-mates – I was probably one of the last to play Champions League (football).
“You could probably count two or three who haven’t, such as Kalvin Phillips or Sam Johnstone.”
England’s Euro 2020 hero could follow the same route as current Villa player Ashley Young.
The 36-year-old had four successful years for the Villans between 2007-11 before setting off for Manchester United.
Young won every competition available in England, and also won the Europa League.
The left-back even had a successful adventure in Italy, winning the Serie A with Inter Milan last term before returning to the Birmingham-based club.
Grealish is also in contention to face his old club for the first time since leaving on Wednesday night.
He has struggled with a muscle injury in recent weeks but looks to have overcome it.
And he vows to ‘clap all four sides of the ground’.
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