Aston Villa have moved to tie down teenage sensation Jack Grealish for the long-term, with the Birmingham Mail revealing that the youngster has been offered a new four-year deal at the club.
A lifelong Villa fan, the Birmingham-native’s representatives are set to meet with manager Paul Lambert next week for the following stage of negotiations, and terms could be agreed as soon as the end of this month.
Grealish, who is due to turn 19 tomorrow, was entering the final season of his current contract, and the latest developments come just 24 hours after reports surfaced that Chelsea were preparing to pounce if talks failed to progress.
However, after making his first-team breakthrough his season, the promising winger is intent on continuing his growth at Villa Park, in news which will no doubt come as a welcome relief to supporters.
Considered the club’s brightest prospect, Grealish made his Premier League debut as a late substitute in Villa’s 4-0 defeat at Manchester City in May, having spent the majority of the 2013-14 campaign on loan at League One side Notts County, where his performances helped the team stage a dramatic escape from relegation.
Going on to impress in pre-season this summer, the Republic of Ireland under-21 international got his first proper taste of top-flight action over the past month, coming off the bench to impress in the victories over Stoke City and Hull City, as well as making his first start in a claret and blue shirt in the Capital One Cup defeat to Leyton Orient.
Currently at the centre of a tug-of-war at the international level, with the English FA understood to be keen to get him to switch allegiances, Grealish certainly has a bright future for both club and country, and securing his services for the long-term would no doubt be a huge move for Villa.