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Aston Villa boss Bruce challenges Grealish to forget Spurs

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has challenged Jack Grealish to focus on his football at Villa Park.

Villa's new billionaire owners Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris refused to sell star midfielder Grealish to Tottenham or anyone else this summer.

Bruce said: “I understand his disappointment of not playing in the big league, as Spurs are a huge club not just in England but Europe, playing in the ­Champions League. But he has taken the decision from the owner, and he will hopefully take us where we want to get to and then fulfil all his ambitions with ourselves.

“The new owner made it clear whatever Spurs offered he wasn't going to listen to — there was no price. He didn't want to lose his star player, he wants to build the team around him and other clubs have to respect that too.

“Jack has been terrific and hugely respectful to the club which he and his family know well and support. He has been here since he was six years old and is only 22.

“Can he come and play for us for another year and try to get us where we want to be?

“If that is not the case, we might have to look at it and the wishes of Jack. But I expect him to go and hit the heights again this year.

“I hope he recovers from it quickly and reproduces the form which nearly took us to the Premier League."

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