Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Jack Grealish after the teenage midfielder signed a new four-year contract with Aston Villa.
The Birmingham Mail carries quotes from the 19-year-old, who expressed his delight at penning the extension with his boyhood club, putting an end to speculation regarding his long-term future.
Grealish has been in talks with senior officials for a number of weeks, with his current £2,000-a-week deal set to expire at the end of the season. According to the Daily Telegraph, the youngster will now earn £20,000-a-week, which represents a massive 1000 per cent pay-rise for the emerging young talent.
The highly-rated winger had attracted admiring glances from a host of rival Premier League suitors, but he's decided to commit his future to Villa Park after enjoying a first-team breakthrough under Paul Lambert in 2014/15.
Widely regarded as one of the most promising youngsters in the country at the moment, Grealish has recently joined forces with Stellar Group, the football agency which represents illustrious players like Gareth Bale and Ashley Cole.
Jack Grealish quote:
"I'm delighted," reflected the starlet upon confirmation of the Aston Villa deal. "It's a club I've grown up supporting so to stay here for another four years is a dream come true.
"To come through the academy and follow in the footsteps of some of the senior players here is great for me.
"I've been a Villa fan since I was a little kid so it's like home to me. I've made my way into the first-team and hopefully I'm here to stay now."
The Daily Star reported earlier this month that Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho were both keeping tabs on Grealish's situation as they considered attempts to lure the player to Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge.
Manuel Pellegrini is also believed to be an admirer of the Republic of Ireland U21 international, but any hopes he had of making him a Citizen have now been quashed after Grealish made clear his intention to remain at Villa for the foreseeable future.
With an increasing amount of pressure already being placed on the youngster's shoulders, assistant manager Roy Keane tried to play down expectations on a starlet that is yet to start a Premier League game, and had his say on the recent debate regarding Grealish's international future.
"He's done very little in the game yet," warned Keane last week. "People are getting a bit carried away, he's not started a game in the league for Villa, he's not scored a goal yet, he’s not got an assist yet.
"If he wants to come and play for Ireland, we'll be delighted but we can't be begging people either. If they want to play for Ireland, fantastic. If not, we'll have to accept it."
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