Jack Grealish has ended speculation linking him to Manchester United by signing a new five-year contract at Aston Villa.
After helping Aston Villa avoid relegation on their return to the Premier League last season in impressive fashion, Grealish became a man in demand for the summer transfer window.
Manchester United, in particular, were reportedly keen to secure his services, especially during the opening weeks of the summer.
But Grealish, who celebrated his 25th birthday last week, has committed his long-term future to the club that he joined aged six by signing a new contract at Villa Park until 2025.
“I am delighted to make this commitment to Villa,” he told the club’s website.
“It is my club, my home and I am very happy here. The owners have made it very clear to me how ambitious they are and how they want to build Aston Villa. There are exciting times ahead and I am very glad to be part of it.”
"Being 25 years old and the captain of Aston Villa in the Premier League; it's the stuff of dreams, especially from where I've come from." 😍@JackGrealish discusses his new five-year deal! ✍️#Grealish2025 pic.twitter.com/U0nUMO6Ce4
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) September 15, 2020
Grealish has been a part of the Villa first-team since the 2013/14 campaign and has spent almost his entire career, albeit a short loan spell at Notts County, with the club.
CEO Christian Purslow added: “Jack is an emblem of our Owner’s vision for Aston Villa. He joined our Club as a local boy aged six and has developed into one of the country’s finest players finally becoming a full England international last week.
“We are determined to build a top team around him and are delighted that he is extending his contract! and committing himself to the club he loves.”
Grealish finished as Villa’s top-scorer in the Premier League last season on eight goals and even bagged six assists in the process.
The England international will hope to do better for the 2020/21 campaign ahead of Villa’s Premier League opener against Sheffield United next Monday.