Chelsea and Manchester United target Jack Grealish is set to pen a new deal with his club Aston Villa. The 19-year-old Birmingham born was feared to be on the way out of Aston Villa after the club’s £5,000 per week deal for him was stalled some weeks back.
Chelsea have been rumoured to be interest in bringing the talented attacking midfielder to Stamford Bridge but all that is bound to change now as the Irish U-21 is set to put pen-to-paper on a new deal with Aston Villa.
It is understood Grealish has withdrew from international duty with Ireland U-21 side to finalise negotiation with Ireland under-21 coach Noel King revealing the player has return to Villa to finalise a new contract with the West Midland club.
“The facts are that he is in contractual talks with Aston Villa and they have reached an important stage,”
“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.” The coach said
Grealish current contract expires next summer and there were initial concerns the player could walk away on a free transfer after initial attempt to renew his contract stalled.
This has put top clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United who have been monitoring the player’s development under red alert.
Villa has however done their best including involving the player in first team actions in order to get him to sign a new contract. He has made four substitute appearances so far this season.
This will be good news to Paul Lambert and the Villa fans as Grealish is seen as one of the best young talents at Villa park. Lambert has been building a young squad and Grealish will improve the the team. It also shows that Lambert is also building for the future by keeping their young players.
His inclusion into the first team and subsequent first team appearances will go a long way in convincing other youngsters in the Villa youth system that they can progress through the ranks to the senior team.
Villa on the other hand are now in a better position to have control over the player as any team that really want to sign him will have to pay any asking price Villa places on him.
Villa has had a bright start to the season winning three and drawing one of the seven league played so far. They sit 10th place in the log with 10point same point as seventh placed West Ham United. The presence of Grealish give the team squad depth and options on the bench.
Grealish has represented the Republic of Ireland in the U-17, U-18, U-20 and may be on his way to the senior team with coach Martin O’Niell set to hand him his first senior national call-up though he is still eligible to play for the Three Lions of England.
Playing along players like Fabian Delph, Tom Cleverly, Carlos Sanchez and Ashley Westwood will give him the opportunity to learn, develop his game and go on to establish himself as a starter in the Aston Villa senior team.