Jack Grealish and Aston Villa provided a perfect model of how to sell a star player “in the best possible way”, Stiliyan Petrov says.
And former Villa captain Petrov feels it is an example Harry Kane and Tottenham should heed as the England captain attempts to join Grealish at Manchester City.
Grealish left Villa Park for £100million this week, having wanted to join a Champions League club.
For Kane, who has already played in Europe’s elite club competition, the intention appears to be to join a genuine title contender.
Spurs have fallen away, while City appear well set for their Premier League title defence.
It was reported Kane skipped pre-season training in a bid to force a transfer, although the striker said on Friday he “would never, and have never, refused to train” and was due to return “as planned”.
City remain interested, as Pep Guardiola confirmed earlier the same day, but Tottenham are not willing sellers in the same way Villa were, having agreed Grealish’s £100m release clause last year.
Luka Modric and Gareth Bale were each at odds with Spurs previously as they sought moves to Real Madrid, and Petrov suggests the “communication” between players and board at the London club is not as effective as at Villa.
“Everybody is blaming Harry Kane, [but] the way Aston Villa has handled Jack Grealish’s situation was the prime example,” Petrov, one of the founders of Player 4 Player, told Stats Perform.
— Harry Kane (@HKane) August 6, 2021
“They sat down, they negotiated, they have talked about it. They managed to send Jack in the best possible way. Some fans will be unhappy, but many will be happy.
“Don’t forget that they will get a really great price tag: £100million for Jack.
“He has given great years as a player for Aston Villa, they sat down, they have done it nicely, the player left in the best possible way, he was back for training, but that comes from the manager, from the coach of the club.
“And sometimes, you know, people blame the players, but don’t blame just the players. You know what? It is always conversations, communication and the way of doing it.
“It seems like Tottenham haven’t managed to do it for many years, because I can give you a lot of prime examples of a lot of players that ended in the same way. Probably that is the way they have decided to work.”