Jack Grealish reveals he would be playing for England by now had he joined Tottenham from Aston Villa over the summer.
The midfielder was heavily linked with a move to Spurs throughout the summer transfer window but a deal failed to materialise.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Grealish has now revealed that he was certain a transfer to Tottenham would come about and he even bid farewell to the Villa fans in what he believed would be his final game for the club.
“At Hull, I was 95 per cent sure it was going to be my last game,” he said. “I waved to the fans when I got taken off as I thought I was going. Even on the Thursday morning of the transfer window, I thought I was leaving.”
But Spurs failed to meet the price-tag put on Grealish by Villa’s new owners and the 23-year-old ended up staying with the Championship club, recently signing a new long-term contract.
In the interview, Grealish was bullish about what he would have achieved at Tottenham if a move had come about.
He said: “Of course, there’s going to be disappointment there. You’ve just got to look at what Spurs have done this season. They’ve beaten Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford, they’re playing Barcelona in the Champions League next week.
“I felt that if I’d gone there I could have maybe been in the England squad by the end of the year. I would never have gone there just to make up the numbers.
“I would have been a squad player, obviously, because you have to look at how good their players are. But I genuinely thought that after a month or two of training, I could have really made an impact.”
It’s safe to say Grealish would have struggled to establish himself as a regular at Spurs with the amount of talent the Londoners possess in the attacking positions.
Such is Tottenham’s depth in the attacking midfield areas, we’ve left Lucas Moura out of our Predicted XI to face Huddersfield Town.
But Grealish certainly would have provided a useful option as cover and competition for Christian Eriksen.