Aston Villa boss Smith calm after Solskjaer chat with Grealish

Ruben Hill
December 5, 2019

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has underlined his belief that Jack Grealish will remain at his boyhood club for years to come amid talk that the Premier League's big guns will try and buy him.

Villa, sitting perilously close to the relegation zone, were far too passive early on and could have few complaints when they fell behind.

The Blues slumped to a surprise 1-0 defeat by struggling West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon to lose ground on Premier League leaders Liverpool FC. A flowing Villa move ended with El Mohamady delivering a teasing ball, which Trezeguet fortuitously bundled into the net after initially heading down on to his own legs.

Chelsea regained the lead in style three minutes into the second half when Abraham chested a cross by Willian invitingly for fellow academy graduate Mason Mount to volley home.

What does it mean?

According to The Athletic, Chilwell is Chelsea's "number one target", although they are also considering alternatives, with Lampard having been unconvinced by current options Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso.

The Blues will take on an Aston Villa side who secured a credible 2-2 draw at Manchester United last weekend thanks to goals from Jack Grealish and Tyrone Mings.

Willian was a constant threat down the Chelsea right, where he was well supported by James.

"The mentality we always have is to keep going", he said.

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