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Premier League promotion key to keeping Grealish at Villa - Whelan


Grealish, born in Birmingham and a Villa fan, has been heavily linked with a move away from his boyhood club since they were relegated from the top flight in 2017.


Tottenham failed with a bid to sign him last summer, making their move too late in the transfer window as the takeover went through, and the Champions League finalists are reported to be set to renew their interest in the 23-year-old attacker.


Many observers feel Grealish will be playing in the Premier League next season, regardless of whether Villa win Monday's Championship play-off final against Derby.


Whelan thinks victory at Wembley and the chance to captain Villa in the Premier League would be an enormous incentive for Grealish to remain at the club.


They missed out on an immediate return to the Premier League after they lost 1-0 to Fulham 12 months ago.


Many members of that squad remain at the club and Whelan insists Villa can use that defeat to spur them on this time round.






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