Jack Grealish - Aston Villa

Grealish delighted with new Villa deal but admits transfer was close

Jack Grealish signed a new contract with Aston Villa on Tuesday. The attacking midfielder has been the subject of many transfer rumours throughout the summer but at the end of the day he decided to commit his future to his boyhood club. After signing a contract Grealish admitted that there was a 50-50 chance that he would have left Villa during the summer transfer window.

When asked by Sky Sports after the match if it was 50-50 whether he’d stay, Grealish said: “Yeah, I suppose so. I had a good season last season and there was interest in myself from other clubs, but I just truly believe that everything happens for a reason and I’ve just happened to sign a new contract at Aston Villa, and I’ve got the biggest smile on my face.”

Grealish was doubting his future at Villa and admitted he only decided to sign a new deal a day before he signed his contract. “On Saturday I had a FaceTime call with the owner and he said what his ambitions are for this season and it really persuaded me,” he continued. “And then it was only yesterday when talks got underway and it was done within 24 hours so it was quite an easy one, which is obviously good for myself.”

The Villa captain is now determined to steer Villa away from the relegation zone for a second season. “Last season probably didn’t go the way we planned although we stayed in the Premier League. I think everyone involved with the club wanted to probably finish higher,” the midfielder said. “But the certain stuff that the owners have said to me, and the chief executive and the manager, they’ve said their ambitions for the season … you know it really, really persuaded me to to get this over and done with.”

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