Arsenal legend Robert Pires has claimed Aston Villa ’s Jack Grealish is reminiscent of Dennis Bergkamp, with the Frenchman tipping Manchester City to sign him in the summer.
Grealish has impressed upon his return to the Premier League with boyhood club Villa and Pires, who spent a season at Villa Park, believes the 24-year-old could help his side cause a major upset against City in the Carabao Cup final.
“Jack is a great footballer with a good technique – and I love watching him play because he reminds me of Dennis Bergkamp,” Pires said.
“I like to see him playing in the same position as Dennis, as a No.10. He has great vision, he isn’t a selfish player because he always wants to do what is best for the team, and I think he has a great future.
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“I don’t want to put too much pressure on Jack because he is still a young player learning the game and Dennis was an incredible talent and a champion.
“But Grealish is a very complete player and I think the key for him is to keep playing like he enjoys his football.”
City boss Pep Guardiola has previously labelled Grealish ‘incredible’ and ‘an exceptional player’ and Pires thinks the Spaniard could try and sign Grealish in the summer.
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“City need to find a replacement for Silva next season – and I think Grealish is someone who Pep will look at. He is English, he has good experience of the Premier League and he has a great technique.
“But I think Grealish is a player who would interest a lot of top clubs, like United, Chelsea and Arsenal. This has been a tough season for Villa, but I think Grealish will take a lot from it.
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“He has learned how to fight every weekend and we have all seen how much it means to him to play for the club. Playing against Man City at Wembley is a great stage for Jack.
“But not just him. This is a chance for Villa to win a big trophy and that would have a big effect on the rest of their season.”
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