Aston Villa must sell Grealish and Chester to avoid administration

Manager of Aston Villa Steve Bruce during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford at Villa Park

Manager of Aston Villa Steve Bruce during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford at Villa Park

Liverpool FC have no interest in signing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa this summer, according to reports in the British media.

Grealish was central to that charge, playing superbly throughout the latter half of the campaign and in the play-off final defeat to Fulham.

"He is a special talent, a real special talent, and yes, you don't want to lose him but the inevitable thing is we have to".

"A more measured approach will enable us to overcome the implications of Financial Fair Play after two years of significant investment in the football department. I issued my commitment to the club and to see, and said look, we're up against it, let's be open and honest, we might have to make decisions which aren't going to be easy".

"Inevitably that is going to be player sales", he said when explaining how Villa would need to raise money.

'And it's going to be people who I don't want to sell. The obvious one is Jack.

Former England Under-21 global Grealish has been linked with a move to Premier League side Tottenham.

Villa have endured a tumultuous few weeks since losing the Championship play-off final in May, costing them a potential £160m in future revenue.

Chief executive Keith Wyness was suspended and then subsequently left Villa Park, and director of football Steve Round departed last Wednesday.

Bruce acknowledged that supporters needed to know what the club's situation was and admitted they could be forced to sell other players, apart from Grealish.

"We are a big club with a huge fan base - that will never change". We're having a tough time at the moment but we're having to steer our way through it and ride the storm if we possibly can, batten down the hatches and get on with the hand we've been dealt at the moment.

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