Jack Grealish signs a new 5-year deal with Championship side Aston Villa. The new contract will keep him at the club until 2023.
Congratulations Super @JackGrealish1 on the new contract 📝🦁
— AVFC Store (@AVFCStore) September 24, 2018
A statement from the club’s official website read: “Aston Villa Football Club is delighted to announce Jack Grealish has signed a new five-year contract.”
Jack Grealish is an attacking midfielder who can also operate as a winger. His ability to go past defenders and produce key passes make him a valuable asset to the team. The 23-year-old is reportedly set to earn more than twice his current £20,000/week salary with this new agreement.
The young playmaker was a major transfer target for Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, who reportedly attempted to sign him for £25million but Aston Villa’s new owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens were resolute on keeping him at the club.
Jack Grealish for Aston Villa in the Championship this season:
• Most passes completed (347)
• Most fouls won (42)
• Most chances created (20)
• Most take-ons completed (20)
• Second-most shots taken (20)
Coming into his own. ✨ https://t.co/nsJ8wJZARV
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CEO of Villa, Christian Purslow said: “Securing the long-term future of Jack, a player we believe will play a pivotal role in leading Aston Villa back to where it belongs, is fantastic news for everybody associated with our football club. He is a tremendous talent who has been with us since he was a child and naturally we are delighted that he has now committed the next five years of his career to Aston Villa.”
Joining Villa at the age of just eight, Jack Grealish has remained with his boyhood club and he made his official debut at the end of the 2013/14 season before evolving into one of the most impressive youngsters in the nation.
Although a native of England, Grealish played for the Republic of Ireland at the international level during his teenage years. He represented his country after being called up at the age of 14 for the first time and then earned caps in the under-15 to under-21 levels.
During his time playing for Ireland, England were reportedly pursuing him to switch, going to the extent of naming him in their under-17 team in 2011 when he was just fifteen years old – an offer he rejected. However, he ultimately confirmed his decision to represent England in April 2016. Grealish then made his under-21 debut in May 2016 as England won the 2016 Toulon Tournament.
— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish1) September 24, 2018
Grealish tweeted out: “Delighted to have a signed a new 5-year contract with this brilliant club. Time to kick on now & hopefully achieve what we’ve always set out to do.”
Aston Villa face Bristol City in their next Championship fixture on Saturday, 29th September.