Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish agrees new five-year deal
Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish has signed a new five-year deal at the club, keeping him at B6 until 2025.
The talismanic midfielder has been integral in the club's resurgence into the top flight, sparking the club's initial run to promotion from the Championship - and shining in the Premier League as Dean Smith's side secured survival on the final day of last season.
The 25-year-old's performances had sparked talk of a potential departure for the boyhood Villa fan - with Manchester United heavily linked with a move throughout the summer.
But speculation over his future has been ended, with the club agreeing a new bumper deal with the captain, keeping him in the Midlands for the foreseeable future.
Villa CEO Christian Purslow admitted his delight at seeing Grealish end speculation over his future and commit his future to the club.
"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." he said.
"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 was 'delighted' to commit his future to Villa - admitting he's looking forward to the exciting times ahead at the club.
"I am delighted to make this commitment to Villa. It is my club, my home and I am very happy here." he said.
"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."
The move is further good news for Smith, following the club-record record signing of striker Ollie Watkins earlier this month, whilst deals for Emiliano Martinez and Bertrand Traore edge closer.
The club are also hopeful of bringing Kosovo winger Milot Rashica to Villa Park, having held talks with Werder Bremen over a move.