Jack Grealish has signed a new contract with Aston Villa, until 2025.
The England midfielder has committed his future to his boyhood club, who maintained their Premier League status on the final day of last season.
“I am delighted to make this commitment to Villa. It is my club, my home and I am very happy here,” said Grealish.
“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.”
Villa’s summer business following promotion got a lot of people talking.
It’s fair to say Dean Smith didn’t put together a squad totally equipped for the demands of the Premier League, but survival was sealed in the end.
This summer already looks like being better, and that has been topped off by confirming the future of Grealish.
Smith won’t do a better piece of business this summer than convincing his talismanic captain to stay.
Ollie Watkins can be the proven goalscorer Villa needed to ease the burden on Grealish, while impending arrival Emi Martinez was outstanding post-lockdown.
Add in the flying Matty Cash and the potential arrival of Bertrand Traore and Grealish is right, it’s exciting times for Villa.
And their skipper will be at the very heart of it once again.