Aston Villa captain and reported Tottenham Hotspur target Jack Grealish was at the centre of joyous scenes at Wembley on Monday afternoon.

Grealish skippered his side to promotion as Villa secured a 2-1 play-off final victory over Derby County to seal their place in the Premier League for next season.

But what does it all mean for Spurs’ ongoing pursuit of Grealish?

Tottenham were close to signing the playmaker last summer until Villa’s new owners pulled the plug on a deadline day deal at the last minute.

The Londoners ended up making no signings, and there have still been no new arrivals at the club since Lucas Moura joined from PSG in January 2018.

Spurs are being linked with Grealish again, but Villa’s promotion may well have scuppered those plans.

After the play-off final, Grealish told Sky Sports (via Football London): “At that game [Hull in August] I thought I was going and 10 months later I’m here and have led my boyhood club to the Premier League as captain, scored against the Blues (Birmingham) twice – the perfect season.”

It certainly sounds like the 23-year-old is keen to continue captaining his boyhood club in the top-flight, meaning Tottenham might be out of luck.

That said, if Spurs put in a bid it will be interesting to see how Villa and Grealish respond.



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