Jack Grealish signs new Aston Villa contract to end speculation of move to Manchester United
Jack Grealish has handed Aston Villa a huge boost by committing his long-term future to the club. The midfielder – who recently made his England debut – has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United this summer.
But he is going nowhere anytime soon having now put pen to paper on a new and improved five-year contract with Aston Villa.
Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow said: “Jack is an emblem of our owner’s vision for Aston Villa. He joined our club as a local boy aged six and has developed into one of the country’s finest players finally becoming a full England international last week.
“We are determined to build a top team around him and are delighted that he is extending his contract and committing himself to the club he loves.”
Grealish added: “I am delighted to make this commitment to Villa. It is my club, my home and I am very happy here.
“The owners have made it very clear to me how ambitious they are and how they want to build Aston Villa. There are exciting times ahead and I am very glad to be part of it.”
Manchester United had long been linked with a move for Grealish but talk of a move to Old Trafford, or anywhere else, has been firmly put to bed with the 25-year-old’s new deal.
Days after his first England debut, he celebrated his new contract by scoring late on against Burton to help send his team through at the Pirelli Stadium yesterday evening.
The tie looked to be heading for a penalty shoot-out after club-record signing Ollie Watkins had scored Villa’s equaliser late in the first half to cancel out Colin Daniel’s opener for the League One side after only 68 seconds.
But Grealish struck a sweet volley from the edge of the area to edge Dean Smith’s team in front after 88 minutes. Keinan Davis then made sure of the victory in injury time as the 3-1 win saw Villa set up a trip to Bristol City or Northampton in the next round.
Villa boss Dean Smith said of Grealish in his post-match press conference: “He’s been courted and speculated on but we didn’t receive a bid for him.
“It’s a big boost that he is staying and a massive statement of intent from the football club and the owners. Jack is talismanic and we know what a tremendous talent he is. We are only too pleased he has agreed to stay.”
Villa, finalists in the Carabao Cup last season, were made to work for their win by League One side Burton but Smith was pleased overall with how his team’s first game of the new season panned out.