Report: Grealish hires fitness expert

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish applauds the fans at the end of the match

The 20-year-old seems determined to help Aston Villa's promotion next season.

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish applauds the fans at the end of the match

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has hired a fitness expert to help get him in the best possible shape for next season, according to The Birmingham Mail.

Aston Villa are set to slug it out in the Championship next term following their abject relegation from the Premier League, in which they won just 17 points.

Through a lack of form and fitness, the 20-year-old was unable to contribute much to Villa's season, but he seems determined to change that next time around.

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish (R) warms up during the match

The Birmingham Mail have reported that Grealish has spent time in Dubai conditioning himself for what promises to be a rigourous season ahead.

If true, Aston Villa fans will be delighted with that level of commitment from a player who has not always been the paradigm of professionalism.

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish applauds the fans at the end of the match

This time last year, Grealish was photographed asleep on the ground in Tenerife after a night out, leading to a barrage of criticism for the youngster.

And Villa fans will be happy to know that he has found more productive ways to spend the off-season as he and his team-mates prepare to meet new manager Roberto Di Matteo for the first time tomorrow ahead of pre-season.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo poses after the press conference

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