During the January transfer window, Aston Villa loan hero Tammy Abraham was heavily linked with a return to the Premier League.

Premier League side Wolves were leading a number of Premier League sides in the chase to bring Aston Villa loan star Tammy Abraham back to the Premier League in the January transfer window.

At times, it seemed Abraham would cut short his season-long loan deal at Aston Villa to make an early return to the top flight. However, the striker made the decision to remain at Villa Park for the remainder of his loan spell – and that is partly down to a treatment room conversation with Villa star Jack Grealish.

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Now, speaking to The Mirror, Grealish has revealed what he said to the striker after manager Dean Smith asked him to speak to Abraham amidst the constant interest in his services.

“When Tammy was injured, we were in the gym together. I remember the manager ringing me and saying: ‘I know you and Tammy are close – have a word with him.’

“I said to him: ‘Listen to your Uncle Jack, when I’m back it will change.’ I was just talking utter rubbish. I didn’t know it would.

“Luckily, I came back and it’s turned out all right. He’s not said anything to me since then. But if we win at Wembley, it’ll be: ‘I told you we’d be all right.'”

Since January, both Abraham and Grealish have played important roles in Aston Villa’s journey to the Play-Off final. Abraham has notched 26 goals over the course of the season, while Grealish’s inspirational form since returning as skipper has helped fire the club to being within one win of a place in the Premier League.

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