Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has admitted that it was 50-50 whether he’d stay after committing his future to the club on Tuesday.
Grealish reveals that he had to ponder on his decision and only did so just a day before it’s announcement.
On Tuesday, the Villa captain ended speculation about his future after signing a new five year deal with the club. In particular, Manchester United were linked with the 25-year-old.
Grealish capped off a banner day in style. He scored the winner against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup in a 3-1 victory yesterday night.
When asked by Sky Sports after the match if it was 50-50 whether he’d stay, Grealish said: “Yeah, I suppose so.
“I had a good season last season and there was interest in myself from other clubs, but I just truly believe that everything happens for a reason and I’ve just happened to sign a new contract at Aston Villa, and I’ve got the biggest smile on my face.”
Grealish clearly agonised over whether to stay or go, admitting that he only decided to sign the new contract on Monday.
“On Saturday I had a FaceTime call with the owner and he said what his ambitions are for this season and it really persuaded me,” he continued.
“And then it was only yesterday when talks got underway and it was done within 24 hours so it was quite an easy one, which is obviously good for myself.”
Grealish will be looking to build on the eight goals and six assists he recorded as Villa narrowly avoided relegation last season.
The 25-year-old says he wasn’t pleased with his side’s achievements last season and wants to see them do way better this term.