Joleon Lescott has warned Jack Grealish against a move to Manchester United amid continued speculation linking the midfielder with a switch to Old Trafford.
The Aston Villa captain has emerged as a key target for Man Utd ahead of the summer transfer window, the 24-year-old having starred during the club’s return to the Premier League this season, scoring nine times and providing a further five assists in all competitions.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to have made the playmaker a primary target as he seeks to add creativity to his midfield options, though former Villa defender Lescott has sent a warning to Grealish that a move to the Red Devils is no guarantee of playing Champions League football in the coming seasons.
“When you look at the spectrum of teams, Manchester United are still a big club,” he told Grand National. “But in terms of Jack Grealish’s ability, if he leaves Aston Villa he’s going to want to play Champions League and that’s not guaranteed at Man United, even in the future.
“I would love to see him test himself at the highest level because I think he’s capable of playing at real heights. He’s proven that he can really perform in a team that’s been struggling this season.
“In terms of if he was going to move to United, it would obviously be a great move for him because it’s Man United. But in terms of how he can test himself against the very best, is he going to be able to do that at Man United as they’re not guaranteed Champions League football?”