ASTON VILLA manager Steve Bruce admits he understands Jack Grealish’s disappointment at missing out on a move to Tottenham.
Aston Villa are said to have rejected two bids from Tottenham in the summer, despite Grealish’s desire to join a top Premier League club.
The Championship club were keen to offload the 22-year-old early in the window due to financial difficulties but had no need to sell thanks to a Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens’ takeover.
And while Bruce is thrilled to keep Grealish at Villa Park for their promotion push, he understands his disappointment.
“It is great for myself,” said Bruce.
“I can understand the disappointment from Jack”
“I can understand the disappointment from Jack, in some ways, but he has been terrific and respectable towards the club.
“Let’s be fair, Spurs are a huge club in England and in Europe but he has taken the decision from the owner and hopefully we can move forward.
“He [Grealish] will hopefully take us to where we want to get to and fulfil his ambitions with ourselves.
“I think what is vitally important to everybody is that the owner has put out a statement of intent.”
Bruce also confirmed that goalkeeper Jed Steer is set to leave on loan to League One side Charlton.
Tottenham’s opening offer of £3m plus Josh Onomah – who spent last season at Villa – was rejected and while they got close to the £25m asking price, Villa eventually told them Grealish was not for sale.
Spurs’ failure to land Grealish saw them become end the window without bringing in a single new player, the only club in the Premier League and Champions League to do so.
If reports are to be believed, Aston Villa will now offer Grealish a new deal which would see his currently salary doubled to £40,000 a week.
He has two years left on his current deal but a new contract is expected to be wrapped up in the next few weeks.
Villa still need to resolve concerns with Financial Fair Play however and need to find around £40m to comply with regulations.
They signed Hibernian midfielder John McGinn late on in the window for £2.75m with potential add-ons.
But a move for Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan was hijacked by Premier League new boys Fulham despite the defender holding talks with Villa.