Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish put pen to paper on a new five-year deal yesterday, putting an end to rumours linking him with a summer exit. The likes of Manchester United and Arsenal were linked with the 25-year-old after he impressed during the 2019-20 campaign, but the club have quickly moved to tie him down to a new deal despite slapping an £80 million asking price on his head. Grealish scored eight goals and assisted six others in 36 Premier League games, playing a significant role to help Villa hold on to their top-flight status. He was nominated for the EPL Young Player of the Season award as a result and has finally earned a Three Lions call-up and represented the country after several snubs.
BBC pundit Chris Sutton reckons Grealish only signed a new deal because the bigwigs didn’t bother to pursue his services, reacting thus on Twitter to the announcement:
Excellent player but he only signed a new deal because the big boys didn’t want him… https://t.co/oGKWY9kSpW
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) September 15, 2020