Hull City boss has his say on Jacob Greaves links to Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa

The 22-year-old Hull-born ace has been in sparkling form this season

Hull City head coach Liam Rosenior hopes the Tigers can fend off interest in Jacob Greaves this summer but admits a decision will have to be made in the best interests of the club.

Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa have both been linked with a big-money move for the talented defender and City are braced for strong interest when the transfer window opens, having already turned down Middlesbrough’s overtures in August.

Greaves penned a new long-term deal at City just a few months ago and is contracted to the club until the summer of 2026 with the option of a further 12 months, putting the Tigers in a strong position should they decide to cash in on their prized asset as the financial realities of football outside the Premier League continue to bite.

Rosenior says interest in his players should be viewed as a positive, that the club are doing something right both on and off the pitch when it comes to developing their own talent.

“It’s wonderful that a player who has come through our academy has been spoken about in this way,” he explained. “I love it when my players are being linked with clubs higher up because it means they’re doing a good job and it means the team is doing a good job.

“Jacob’s an outstanding player. Would I rather have him here from a footballing point of view? One hundred percent, because he’s got so much potential and so much to learn.

“Every single club has to make a decision based on their best interests. Sometimes that’s keeping a player and sometimes that’s selling a player and I’m sure we’ll make that decision whenever that comes up.”

Since recovering from a pelvic bone issue to regain his place ahead of ex-Leicester City man Callum Elder, Greaves has delivered a series of consistent displays, and Rosenior says he hopes the pair’s blossoming relationship continues.

“He’s brilliant. He’s naturally an outstanding player. He’s captain when Lewie’s (Coyle) not on the pitch, he’s got a lot of potential, he understands the game,” Rosenior explained.

“His dad (Mark) was a player and I always think that helps players when their parents, mother or father were involved in football – their understanding and development is really, really quick.

“I love working with him and I want him to be a part of my plans. I think he’s got a lot of potential and the way we play suits him down to the ground.

“We’ll see in the summer what comes of that.”