Matt Grimes: Exeter City will wait for right deal for midfielder

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Matt Grimes
Matt Grimes has scored five goals for Exeter City since making his debut in August 2013

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale said he will only sell midfielder Matt Grimes if they can get the right deal.

The 19-year-old, the Grecians' player of the year last term, has and reportedly has interest from Premier League clubs.external-link

"We have to be happy with any deal as much as any buying club would be happy," Tisdale told BBC Sport.

"He's still an Exeter player and will be until something tangible happens."

Grimes, who scored his first goal from open play last week would not comment on speculation surrounding his future when asked.

But Tisdale said reports linking Grimes, who was alongside team-mate Christy Pym recently, with a move away was to be expected.

"I'm not surprised, he's a very good player. But for a player to move from one club to another the player needs to be happy, the selling club needs to be happy and the buying club needs to be happy.

"It's not as easy as people would imagine for these things to happen, if at all.

"We're very grateful we have him as an Exeter player and we need to go on game to game really, and if it happens one day it happens.

"It's not different to any other player in the past or the future, it's a business, you take a practical view of it and I'm very proud of the players we produce here at Exeter."