Former Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry said he "feels sorry" for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish amid the prospect of him making a big-money move to the Etihad.

As reported by MEN Sport on Friday, City have tabled a £100million bid for the England international, who scored six goals and provided 12 assists in the Premier League last season, but Villa are yet to reach a decision on whether or not they are prepared to accept it.

It is understood that Grealish is currently weighing up his options, with Villa having presented the Birmingham-born ace with a new contract offer. The attacking midfielder, who reported back to first-team training this week, is set to hold discussions with Villa manager Dean Smith about his future.

Former City midfielder Barry, who made the switch from Villa Park to the Etihad himself in 2009, said he knows exactly how Grealish will be feeling right now, admitting that the England ace will be weighing up a "difficult decision."

"It brings back memories for me really, I know where Jack’s head could be at, at the moment. It’s such a difficult decision,” Barry told Sky Sports.

"Jack loves Aston Villa, he’s been there since a kid, [he] supports the team and his whole family do so his head will be in a big pickle at the moment, it’ll be a really tough decision for him.

"Jack has given his all for Villa for a long time now, as I did. Whether he feels now is the right time to go or whether he might feel he can give another season, I don’t know as you never know what can happen in life and things can change.

"As a Villa fan you’ll say give them one more year and see what they can do, as a Manchester City fan they’ll be thinking come now.

"I know Jack, he’s still improving and I think his game can go to another level, so it’s a big decision for Jack, and I feel sorry for him because I’ve been there."


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