Jack Grealish: I’m taking nothing for granted, unfinished business and my England hopes

July 17, 2019 10:54 am

Jack Grealish insists he won’t take playing in the Premier League for granted this time around – saying he has ‘unfinished’ business in the top flight.

The skipper first broke into the Aston Villa team as a teenager in the top division – and scored his first goal while there – but suffered the disappointment of relegation back in 2016.

After three years of progression and determination to see us back, Grealish now returns on the biggest of stages a much improved talent.

That talent, he hopes, will also force him into the thoughts of Gareth Southgate and the England team for the first time – another life-long ambition of his.

Speaking at our pre-season camp in Minnesota, he said: “The day we got relegated three years ago was also the day I knew what I wanted to do – get Aston Villa back to the Premier League.

“Looking back now at when I was 19 or 20, I maybe took it for granted and didn’t realise how lucky I was to be playing for the club in the top flight.

“Now, we’re back and I need to grab this chance with both hands.

“I want to help push this club as high as possible. To do that, I need goals, assists and performances. I want to get into the England team.”

In his 23 years as a claret and blue fan or player, Grealish has never enjoyed a more exciting time at his boyhood club.

Back in the Premier League and under an ownership and management team that have made vast improvements in less than a year, he admits it’s never felt better to be a part of Villa.

He added: “I can’t remember a more exciting time to be a Villa fan or player. It’s the perfect scenario for me.

“I’ve got unfinished business with the Premier League now. I broke into the team in this league, got to an FA Cup Final and we stayed up.

“But that was before a terrible season. This time, I want to showcase what I can do. I can’t wait to try and do that.”