Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) October 14, 2014
After weeks of speculation, Aston Villa fans were relieved to hear that teenage winger Jack Grealish has at last committed his long-term future to the club.
Having entered the final season of his contract, Grealish’s future has been the subject of much speculation over the past month, with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United reported to be interested in his signature.
However, the Solihull-native had expressed his desire to remain with his childhood club on multiple occasions in the past, and has now finally been rewarded with a new four-year deal, reported to be worth around £20,000-per-week.
‘I’m delighted, it’s a club I’ve grown up supporting so to stay here for another four years is a dream come true,’ he was quoted on the Birmingham Mail.
‘To come through the academy and follow in the footsteps of some of the senior players here is great for me.
‘I’ve been a Villa fan since I was a little kid so it’s like home to me.
‘I’ve made my way into the first-team and hopefully I’m here to stay now.’
Aged 19, Grealish has been hailed as one of the building blocks of Villa’s future after making his first-team breakthrough this season, earning rave reviews from four Premier League cameos and one Capital One Cup start thus far.
Fans are eager to see what the Republic of Ireland under-21 international can do with more top-flight minutes, and the reaction shows that big things are expected among the claret and blue faithful going forward.
Great news about grealish now for vlarr and Delph please #avfc— Mark Baker (@markbaker1876) October 14, 2014
Happy Grealish has signed up has bags full of potential but needs to work on a few things if he wants to be a regular #AVFC— Chris Sargent (@KafattyKid) October 14, 2014
Over the moon for jack grealish, 4 year deal signed, promising young kid with a bright future. As long as people stop kicking him #avfc— Andy Brennan (@silverbrenno) October 14, 2014
Great news that Grealish has signed a new contract. Now let's get Vlaar signed up long term as well. #AVFC— Adam Clarke (@AdamClarke501) October 14, 2014
Great news on the Jack Grealish #AVFC contract. Firmly believe that in time, if moved to the position, he could be that #10 player we need!— Jake (@JakeWelch_88) October 14, 2014
@Grealish_ proud of your bro - I hope the club look after him and make him into a legend for the club— Villa Till I Die (@VillaTill) October 14, 2014
Good to see Grealish doing what's best for his career. Not his bank ballance.— Jack//8 (@JackNev20) October 14, 2014
Never doubted that Grealish would sign! Let's get him in the team now! #avfc— Andy (@AndyVilla80) October 14, 2014
I'd love to think that's Grealish in his own words & it wasn't put together for him. Sounds like a very intelligent kid. Great news #avfc— Cian Carroll (@CianByName) October 14, 2014
Super Jack Grealish signs a new contract. Absolutely Buzzing.— Lauren Sophia♊️ (@LaurenSophiaa93) October 14, 2014