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Breaking News ! Too expensive! Manchester City have been linked with a shock summer move for Jack Grealish, according to The Telegraph. The report declares how Pep Guardiola could look to Aston Villa's star performer should City get what they want for want-away winger Leroy Sane. The German wide man, 24, has rejected a new contract and wants to sign for Bayern Munich - but City insist he won't be sold on the cheap. The Telegraph , meanwhile, claim £80m-rated Grealish could become Guardiola's top transfer target if City obtain £50m-plus for Sane. Jack Grealish of Aston Villa looks dejected following his side's defeat to Wolves Speaking about Grealish earlier this season, Guardiola said: "He's an incredible player. He's a top player. "I'm happy for the fact he's an Aston Villa player and the fact he's had offers to move on and he decided to stay there. "I liked how he got his club promoted to the Premier League. "He's a talented player. He's fast, final-third vision, passes so he always creates something. He's an exceptional player but too expensive for us!" Read More Related Articles 'Different beast' - Aston Villa fans react to latest Jack Grealish transfer development A plan Dean Smith has hit back at critics slamming Aston Villa's survival chances, and said: "When we play poorly and get battered, then I'll say we've got a problem." Villa have picked up just two points during Project Restart with the 1-0 defeat by Wolves stretching Smith's winless run to eight matches. It's left Villa staring down the barrel of relegation ahead of daunting upcoming fixtures against champions Liverpool and Manchester United. Aston Villa daily newsletter. Free. To your inbox There's a quick and easy way to stay on top of all the Aston Villa news with our daily newsletter. Delivered straight into your email inbox each day, the bulletins will feature the latest Villa news, views, gossip and opinion. All you have to do is punch your email in at the top of the article - it looks just like this... And what's more, it's absolutely free! You can also get all the latest updates by following us on social media here Facebook and Twitter. We also have a free app which you can download. It is always up-to-date with the latest news from across the region. Google Play Store and App Store Direct relegation rivals West Ham and Bournemouth both play twice prior to Villa's trip to Anfield and, come Sunday evening, Smith's side could well be cut adrift at the bottom. "The lads are standing up to everything and defensively we have been really good in the four games and there are a lot of points to play for," Smith insisted. "These lads will keep battling away. When we play poorly and get battered then I'll say we've got a problem. "The thoughts were on the first four games, we planned for each game and they have gone how I expected them to go. (Image: Kevin Quigley NMC Pool) "Unfortunately we haven't got the results we probably deserved. "I felt we should have beaten Newcastle and Sheffield United and have a share of the points (against Wolves). We haven’t and what we won't do is lose belief in what we’re doing. "We have been extremely hard to beat for any team - that includes Chelsea. We'll come out with a plan to try to beat the champions." Read More Related Articles 'Get battered' - Dean Smith's fiery response to Aston Villa critics Curse Former Aston Villa striker Tammy Abraham says he wanted to 'change the Chelsea curse' when he was away from Stamford Bridge. Abraham enjoyed the deadliest season of his career so far at Villa, firing Dean Smith's side to promotion from the Championship with 26 goals. It was the England international's third temporary switch having been at Bristol City and Swansea City previously. Chelsea's policy of sending dozens of young players to get first-team football elsewhere worked for Abraham, who found a perfect fit at Villa Park, but for many others it has not paid dividends. Tammy Abraham celebrates Aston Villa's Championship play-off final victory over Derby County in May 2019. (Image: Sebastian Frej) In an interview with the Times, the 22-year-old revealed the promise he made to himself while out on loan. "In the back of my mind, I’m thinking I want to change this Chelsea curse," he said.
. I thought, 'You can be the one to break it.'" Smith understandably wanted to keep Abraham last summer but once Frank Lampard - whose Derby County side Villa defeated in the play-off final - was appointed at Chelsea it became clear the forward was going nowhere. Abraham has 15 goals to his name in all competitions but hasn't started since the Premier League returned. He was introduced as a late substitute in Chelsea's win at Villa Park eight days ago after Olivier Giroud scored what turned out to be the winner. There is further competition on the horizon with the £53million arrival of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig having been confirmed ahead of next season. "At the end of the day it is Chelsea Football Club. There are always going to be new signings," admitted Abraham. "I don’t do too well when I’m in my comfort zone. It’s good to have me on edge. That’s how I love to be. My whole season so far I’ve had great competition with Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi. We’re looking at a World Cup-winner and Belgium’s No 2. It’s nice to have that competition.
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"Now the competition is going to get even more powerful with Timo Werner coming in. But he’s a player who of course is very versatile, who can play on the wings or play more centrally. And if things are not working out, he can play striker as well. "During lockdown, I watched the Bundesliga. He’s quick, likes to make runs in behind, is more of a Thierry Henry coming in from an angle kind of striker. He likes to pull away to the left. "I wouldn’t say he is an all-out No 9. He is someone I would like to play with, not just having the conversation of who is starting. It would be nice if there was room to have both of us on the pitch at the same time."
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New deal Aston Villa have joined Everton in signing a deal with British-owned brand Cazoo as their main sponsor. The British company are the new kids on the block in the world of car retail and Villa have today announced that they will be their headline backer for the 2020/2021 season. They confirmed they had reached the ‘natural end’ of their relationship with W88. The club say Cazoo are one of the fastest-growing digital business and that their branding will be on playing and training kits from the men’s and women’s first teams all the way through the academy.. It will also feature on all junior kits. Cazoo who? The brains behind the online car seller is serial entrepreneur Alex Chesterman, the man who co-founded LoveFilm and the creator of house-hunting site Zoopla. LoveFilm, which changed the DVD market, was sold to Amazon for a reported £200m while Zoopla was bought by technology investors Silver Lake (who paid £500m for around a 10% stake in the City Football Group last year) for a reported £2.2bn. Chesterman founded Cazoo in 2018 but launched the company late last year and a recent press release values the company at around £800m. The 50-year-old is said to have raised almost £200m in investment for Cazoo which currently stocks in the region of 1,500 used cars to buy, or finance, online. Cazoo say they can deliver cars to your door in as little as 72 hours and give customers a seven-day money back guarantee to try the vehicle out.
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The company has premises in Corby where they recondition all the cars they buy in before posting to their website and in trying to shake-up the car buying business are described as a “disruptor brand”. The partnership, part of an extensive marketing campaign by Cazoo to accelerate online car buying, will commence at the start of the 20/21 season and will also see Cazoo branding featured throughout Villa Park, on official club merchandise and across the club’s website and media backdrops. Alex Chesterman OBE, founder & CEO of Cazoo said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Aston Villa and supporting the Club’s men’s and women’s sides as well as their academy and charitable efforts. “We are looking forward to next season and working closely with the Club as we make Cazoo a household name by reinventing the used car buying experience and providing the best selection, value, quality and convenience for UK car buyers.”
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