While Jack Grealish’s international future remains unclear, the promising winger might be about to settle his contract situation with Aston Villa.
Grealish, 19, has returned to Villa for more talks after withdrawing from the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad, with the Solihull-native said to be close to agreeing to a new long-term deal with his childhood club.
‘The facts are that he is in contractual talks with Aston Villa and they have reached an important stage,’ under-21 manager Noel King told the Irish Independent.
‘His deal is up at the end of the year and his future is of paramount importance to him. So you can see why they would want to sort that matter out.
‘I accept Jack’s reasons for withdrawing and understand it. I have no issue with it.’
With his current contract set to expire next summer, Grealish’s future has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks, with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United reported to be interested in his signature, but the lifelong Villa fan has remained adamant that his future remains in the midlands.
The subject of an international tug-of-war between the FAI and English FA at present, his withdrawal from the Ireland squad came just 24 hours after England under-21 boss Gareth Southgate admitted interest in securing his services, leading to speculation of an imminent switch to the Three Lions.
However, it appears that Grealish’s more immediate goal will be settling his future at the club level, with Villa eager to keep their most promising prospect from the clutches of the top-flight’s elite.