Gareth Barry has advised Jack Grealish to reject Manchester United and join Manchester City, should he leave Aston Villa.
The England international was linked with both Manchester clubs last summer, but he ultimately opted to sign a new contract with his boyhood club.
Grealish is enjoying a fantastic season at Villa Park and continues to be spoken of as a potential target for bigger clubs.
However, the former City (opens in new tab) midfielder thinks Grealish would be better off at the Etihad Stadium than Old Trafford.
"I’d say: ‘for now, keep enjoying your football’. He’s captaining his boyhood club and that’s given him the freedom and the confidence that’s been key to the way he’s playing,” Barry told talkSPORT (opens in new tab).
“He knows where he is until the end of the season, he should try and get Aston Villa into a European spot. He’ll want to be playing European football and if he can be doing that for Aston Villa next season then that would be fantastic for him and the club.
“But the stories aren’t going to go away, he’s playing too well. It’s not just going to be one team that wants his signature; it’s going to be four or five across Europe.
“It’ll be interesting times for Jack and for Aston Villa in the summer but looking with a Villa head on, it would be great if we see Jack Grealish playing European football for Aston Villa and not anyone else.”
When asked which of the Manchester clubs would best suit Grealish were he to seek pastures new, Barry did not hesitate.
“I would love to see him work under someone like [Pep] Guardiola," he added. "That manager could help him learn more about the game, improve more. I’d go for Manchester City if you make me choose one.”
Grealish will be in action when Dean Smith’s side host West Ham (opens in new tab) on Wednesday.
While you're here, subscribe to FourFourTwo today and save 53% (opens in new tab). All the exclusive interviews, long reads, quizzes and more but for less than half price...
FEATURE The 10 biggest wins in Premier League history (or is that heaviest defeats?) (opens in new tab)
FANS' VIEW What do you miss most about going to the football? FourFourTwo followers have their say (opens in new tab)
QUIZ! Can you name Pep Guardiola's top appearance makers through his career? (opens in new tab)
Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
Join now for unlimited access
Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
FourFourTwo was launched in 1994 on the back of a World Cup that England hadn’t even qualified for. It was an act of madness… but it somehow worked out. Our mission is to offer our intelligent, international audience access to the game’s biggest names, insightful analysis... and a bit of a giggle. We unashamedly love this game and we hope that our coverage reflects that.
Get the best features, fun and footballing frolics straight to your inbox every week.
Thank you for signing up to Four Four Two. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.