Jack Grealish, the Aston Villa captain, has ended persistent speculation linking him with a summer move to Manchester United by signing a new five-year deal with the Midlands club.
Grealish has been one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaaer’s top targets, along with Jadon Sancho, but now he has committed his future to his boyhood club, after being convinced of their plans for the future.
The 24-year-old played a key role in the club’s survival in the Premier League last season, scoring 6 goals and 9 assists, and Villa want to build their side around him.
Earlier this month he won his first international cap, coming on as a substitute in England’s Nations League draw away to Denmark.
And he celebrated his new deal in style on Tuesday night, scoring with a fine volley as Villa came from behind to beat Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.