Jack Grealish urged to snub Man Utd move to work under Pep Guardiola at Man City

Former Premier League star Gareth Barry has admitted he would love to see Jack Grealish working under Pep Guardiola one day.

Grealish has been in superb form again for boyhood club Aston Villa this season, scoring six goals and creating nine assists in the Premier League to help fire his side to ninth in the table.

The England international was strongly linked with a move to Manchester United over the summer, but in the end nothing materialised.

And speaking to talkSPORT Barry urged him to focus on maintaining his fine performances for Aston Villa… for the moment.

"I’d say: ‘for now, keep enjoying your football’," Barry said.

"He’s captaining his boyhood club and that’s given him the freedom and the confidence that’s been key to the way he’s playing.

"He knows where he is until the end of the season, he should try and get Aston Villa into a European spot.

"He’ll want to be playing European football and if he can be doing that for Aston Villa next season then that would be fantastic for him and the club.

"But the stories aren’t going to go away, he’s playing too well. It’s not just going to be one team that wants his signature; it’s going to be four or five across Europe."

When asked which side he would most like to see Grealish go to, Barry went on to admit that he would be intrigued by the prospect of him learning from Guardiola at Manchester City.

"I would love to see him work under someone like Guardiola," he added.

"That manager could help him learn more about the game, improve more. I’d go for Manchester City if you make me choose one."

Grealish and his Villa side are next in action on Wednesday when they host West Ham before taking on Arsenal on Saturday.

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