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​Man City ace Grealish opens up on failed Tottenham move

Manchester City star Jack Grealish admits that he came close to joining Tottenham at one stage in his career.

Grealish signed for the Premier League champions this summer in a British record £100 million transfer from Aston Villa.

The winger, who starred for England against Hungary on Thursday, admits that he could have become a Spurs player in 2018.

"I'll always remember Dean Smith [Aston Villa boss] when he first come into Villa, he come in about three months into the season and I'd just nearly signed for Spurs that summer, it didn't happen and then I stayed at Villa," said Grealish.

"He come in and he pulled me on his first day, and he says 'so you were gonna [sic] sign for Spurs?', I was like 'yeah, nearly'.

"He was like '£25m?' – I think we were like nine games in – 'nine games in now, look'.

"On the board it said no goals, one assist.

"He was like 'I need you to get your numbers up', and that was one thing I tried to do, to get my numbers up there, and as soon as I've gone to City, that's what the manager has said to me."

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