Gabby Agbonlahor thinks Jack Grealish would be taking a massive risk by swapping Aston Villa for Manchester City.
Reports emerged this week claiming City are keen on the Villa captain who has been one of the standout performers in the Premier League this season.
The Independent say Grealish is seen as a key target by Pep Guardiola after he agreed a two-year contract extension to continue as City manager.
The newspaper also cites a conversation between Guardiola and midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who is said to have been impressed by the Villa No.10’s performance for England against Belgium.
That was one of three matches Grealish started for his country during the recent international break and Agbonlahor believes a move to City could cause considerable harm to the 25-year-old’s Three Lions chances because he isn’t guaranteed a place in the team.
The former Villa striker told Football Insider: “You hear about all these comments but Pep Guardiola has not come out and said it to anyone, you’ve not heard Kevin De Bruyne say anything.
“For me, people make rumours out of nothing. For all we know, it’s just someone making up a rumour so I wouldn’t get too dragged into that.
“Jack Grealish got into the England squad by playing regularly in his favoured position for Aston Villa. When you go to Man City you’re not guaranteed to play in your best position.
“Man City have got Raheem Sterling, Ferran Torres, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva. They’ve got so many players that I’m not sure Jack would be playing every week.
“I’m sure Jack will be looking to do his best for Aston Villa and that’s given him the chance to play for England.”
Grealish committed his future to Villa by signing a new five-year contract in September after owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens set his asking price at around £80million to deter potential suitors.
The playmaker has enjoyed a stunning start to the season with four goals and six assists in eight Premier League games to drive his price tag up further, with suggestions he could now cost up to £100million.