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Ex-Aston Villa star Collymore contacted Grealish about ruining Man Utd, Chelsea chance

Former Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore has contacted Jack Grealish about his off-field antics.

Grealish was caught flouting lockdown laws during the coronavirus crisis by attending a party and was forced to make a public apology.

Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in his signature, but Collymore says the big clubs could be put off if Grealish continues to behave badly.

"As an older guy now, looking now at some of these young kids, older players now should be able to pick the phone up and say 'have a think about that - have a word about that'," Collymore told SiriusXM.

"I did that with Jack Grealish. I sent him a long email when he went to a party. I told him he needs to make amends. I said to him 'you've got good people around you, you've let them down but now it's time to get back on track'.

"Pretty much as a prescription, he did everything that I requested he did. He made a big donation to a local hospital and he was forgiven.

"If you look at Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, who all might be looking at you, if he keeps making these kinds of mistakes, they just won't take him.

"A big conversation - make sure the football family, doctors, clubs, keep their phone lines open because players are humans like we all are."

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