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Grealish signed for Aston Villa aged seven before officially joining the club's under-10s team three years later.
Despite representing Villa at youth level, he still played for Sunday League team Highgate United.
He impressed during a tournament, scoring all four goals in a 4-0 win - with his performances attracting the scouts of Man United, West Brom and Birmingham City.
And when the scouts would ask his dad about him, he'd have to give them a fake name due to his Villa contract.
Speaking to THE FACE magazine, the 26-year-old revealed: "You’re not actually meant to go back and play with your old team, but they were doing a little tour down in Devon and we played against some team in the group stages. We won 4-0 and I scored all four.
"That was when people were like: 'OK, this kid’s good.'"
He added: "Then I got scouted by other teams like Man United, West Brom and Birmingham City. But [at] those times I was contracted to Villa, so I shouldn’t have been playing.
"When they came up to my dad, he’d have to give a fake name!"
Grealish once again alerted Man United, but this time in the professional ranks.
However, once again, he turned down their advances - penning a new deal at Villa Park in 2020.
The England forward, though, eventually secured a move away from Villa as he switched Premier League allegiances by signing for Manchester City.
He was snapped up for £100 million, with the player becoming a Premier League champion following their remarkable league campaign this season.
And he enjoyed himself at the club's title parade, poking fun at Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker, Riyad Mahrez not to mention Newcastle United's Miguel Almiron.
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