Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has signed a new five-year deal that will keep him at the club until 2025.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who recently made his England debut in the Nations’ League clashes against Iceland and Denmark, had been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in the current transfer window.

Grealish has been with the Lions since he was eight years old. He made his senior debut for Villa at the end of the 2013/14 season.

“I am delighted to make this commitment to Villa. 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,” Grealish was quoted as saying by the club’s official website.

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For his part, club CEO Christian Purslow said club would build a team around him.

“Grealish 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, ” said Purslow.

“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.”

In the 2019/20 English Premier League campaign, Grealish scored eight goals and provided six assists in 36 appearances. He also scored twice in five Carabao Cup matches.

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Villa will start their 2020/21 campaign with a visit to Sheffield on Monday, 21st September.

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