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Andre Green: I want to be the next Aston Villa icon, like Jack Grealish

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Andre Green: I want to be the next Aston Villa icon, like Jack Grealish

Andre Green says he is targeting similar levels of success to those Jack Grealish has enjoyed over the last few years following his loan return from Portsmouth.

Green spent the first half of the season at Fratton Park, mirroring Grealish's crucial loan move to Notts County back in 2013/14.

And he now hopes that the similar experience can kick-start a personal run that sees him play a major part for the club in years to come.

Green told Club TV: "That's where I'm trying to be – where Jack Grealish is at the moment. That's the plan.

"I can already feel the love from the Villa fans, but I want to be in that bracket of being an icon for the club – a legend. That's what I aspire to be.

"Jack's done great in his career so far. I remember when he was at Notts County at the age of 18.

"There was one time when we had an FA Youth Cup game against Liverpool and we called him back. I looked at him closely and told him he'd done a great thing by going out on loan.

"Back then, I wanted to be like him. Now I've done what he has and been out on loan, and I'm glad I did."

Green insists he's better for his time at Pompey, developing both as a footballer and a person during his time on the south coast.

He believes it added perspective on his career, and that it's made him more motivated than ever to make it in claret and blue.


He added: "It was a weird one to being with – the first time I'd been away from Villa in 15 years.

"Being away from home, it makes you feel lost. So it allowed me to grow up quite a lot.

"I'm happy I did it and I'm happy with the moments I created there. I really enjoyed the experience and now I can bring that back here.

"I'll work harder than ever to make sure I stay at this club now."

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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 24th January 2019