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Aston Villa release statement regarding Grealish holiday image

SoccerBy Shuki Byrne
'Paralytic': Jack Grealish on holidays in Tenerife
'Paralytic': Jack Grealish on holidays in Tenerife
Meeting: Villa said they will be meeting the winger
Meeting: Villa said they will be meeting the winger

Aston Villa have responded to media reports surrounding an image which purportedly shows Irish footballer Jack Grealish 'passed out' on holiday.

Several photographs of the 19-year-old winger lying on the ground in Tenerife were posted on Twitter by uder Briony King, who described the footballer as being "paralytic".

King later claimed she had no idea who the person in the photographs was when they were originally put up on Sunday, after receiving a number of responses through social media.

Villa announced in a statement they will now have talks withGrealish over the incident, saying: "The club is aware of the photographs of Jack Grealish currently circulating.

"We will be meeting with the player but any action will remain an internal matter. There will be no further comment from the club.

It is not the first time the 19-year-old has been controversially pictured. In April, Villa boss Tim Sherwood spoke to him after a snap - taken in 2014 - emerged of the midfielder apparently inhaling legal high nitrous oxide.

"I explained to him his behaviour can't be tolerated by the football club, we can't condone that behaviour," Sherwood said at the time.

"It doesn't matter how young he is, he is now in a responsible position as a professional footballer. He's got to make sure it won't happen again, he's assured me it won't."

The midfielder made 24 appearances for Villa last season, becoming a regular under Sherwood, and helped them survived in the Barclays Premier League and reach the FA Cup final, which they lost 4-0 to Arsenal last month.

Grealish's international future also remains in the air with England courting the starlet, who has previously represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level.