Martin O'Neill explains that he won't be pressing Jack Grealish on international future

Jack Grealish

The Aston Villa midfielder has to choose his international future.

Republic of Ireland international manager Martin O’Neill has been speaking yet again about the international future of Aston villa star Jack Grealish.

The midfield talent has been a revelation in the last few months but is not yet sure of which nation to represent.

The Villa talent was born in Solihull but has Irish ancestry. He has played for the Republic of Ireland youth team from the under-17 age group up, and has been called up to the full senior side in the past.

But at the moment Grealish has so far refused to make a decision on his future at international level, instead deciding to focus on his fitness and his club career.

Now O’Neill has made it clear to Yahoo Sport that he will not be putting pressure on the 20-year-old to make a decision about his future:

“I thought that he was going to make a decision but again, I don’t have any update for you.

“I spoke to him the last time and I haven’t spoken to him since. I think he just wanted to try to get over the niggling injury at the time and try to force his way into Aston Villa’s side which he has done.

“There’s no point in me trying to be selfish and saying, ‘This is it.’

“It might be a case of him making a decision in the next couple of weeks and we have to live with that one way or the other.

“I think for the long-term future of the Republic of Ireland, I’m not so sure if sticking deadlines would be (a good idea). If I was at club level, it might be a different issue.”

Grealish recently scored his first professional goal in a fixture against Leicester City and is now hoping to push on and be a star in the Villa team for the rest of the season. As for his international career it would appear that O’Neill is hoping to play the waiting game with the Villa starlet and hopes he decides to remain playing for the Republic of Ireland.

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