'My wish is to stay' at Aston Villa - Jack Grealish on his future

Jack Grealish has made it clear he wants to remain an Aston Villa player despite links with Chelsea and Manchester United.

Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish had an excellent pre-season for the club. He was top scorer at the Hong Kong sevens and has earned himself a place in the Aston Villa first-team for the season.

Grealish has certainly impressed since his arrival on the scene. He has featured in tow Premier League wins for the club and is now at the centre of an international tug-of-war between the Republic of Ireland and England.

He starred for Notts County last season and his excellent performances have certainly caught the eye of other clubs in the Premier League.

This week the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with an interest in the talented teenager as contract talks with Villa reportedly stall.

So Grealish is a young man with plenty of decisions to make in the coming months.

He has been speaking to the Irish Independent about his dilemmas. He spoke about speaking to Martin O'Neill about his international football. He and West Ham midfielder Mark Noble are being pursued by the Irish boss to consider a switch to the Ireland national team.

But Grealish admits his club future comes first. He told the paper:

"Between appearing for Villa in the Premier League and the international situation, things have just happened very quickly for me in the past month. My contract at Villa runs out at the end of the season, so my concentration is on playing for the club and getting the negotiations on a new deal sorted out. Martin O'Neill appreciates from my meeting with him that I need to put my club future first before thinking about the international situation."

He went on to explain that his desire however is to stay with Villa for the foreseeable future, stating:

"I've been a Villa season-ticket holder since I was four, so my wish is to stay at the club. Negotiations have started on a new contract and I'm hopeful it will get sorted. I just couldn't see myself playing for any club other than Villa but you never know what can happen in football."

After tieing up Gabriel Agbonlahor to a new deal yesterday, and with talks under way with both Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar - a move to get Grealish signed up would also be a logical next step.

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