It was announced on Monday that Jack Grealish had signed a new five-year contract with Aston Villa. The 23-year-old put pen to paper on a deal that in theory keeps him at the club until at least 2023.
Jack hasn’t started the season as well as maybe he or we would have hoped. However, Villa fans will be thankful that we have managed to keep him away from the Premier League vultures, for now. Tottenham were the rumour front-runners last summer for the midfielder’s signature. A reported £20million offer was made for him but our new owners remained stubborn and refused to sell their prized asset.
Since the transfer window closed there have been various rumours doing the rounds about any possible new deal. At first, we heard that Nassif Sawiris would meet Grealish to discuss a new deal. Then, new chief executive Christian Purslow was rumoured to be the man who finalizes any deal.
Finally, on Monday, the club officially confirmed what we were all waiting to hear. If we are honest he deserves his reported double his wages contract. There is also talk that a ginormous £60M buy-out clause has been included in the deal. And if that is true, the club won’t be short-changed if someone comes knocking.
I feel that this is another incredible statement from our new owners. They will not be bullied by the so-called ‘big clubs’ in football and are prepared to stand their ground.
Now the deal has officially been signed it will allow Jack to pull his socks up and do what he does best. It is huge for our promotion push this season and shows his desire to succeed here.
For me, it is clear that Grealish loves Aston Villa and would love to write his name in the history books. The manager now needs to do what he claimed he would do at the start of the season. Build his team around our prized asset.
On his day, Grealish is the best player in this division. His best position is in the number 10 role behind the striker. Let’s get him back where he dictates games.
It has also been rumoured that we are set to offer a contract extension to our captain, James Chester. The Welshman has been our most consistent player over the last few seasons and he deserves nothing less than a new deal with the villa.
Chester is also a vital part of the operation and a new contract shows he is determined to stick with the villa and get us back to the Premier League.
There has also been some talk of contract terminations, mainly that of Micah Richards. He hasn’t featured for us since we got relegated and he is on a nice wage considering he does nothing. The sooner he is off our books the better, it is literally like throwing money down the drain.
Overall it has been a positive week for Villa and hopefully, we can top it off with a victory at Ashton gate on Friday evening.