Jack Grealish wants Aston Villa stay

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Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish has reiterated his commitment to the Midlands club amid reported interest from Premier League big-boys Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

The Birmingham Mail reports that the 19-year-old has been the subject of widespread interest in recent weeks after it emerged the talented teenager is in the final year of his contract, and so far has been unable to negotiate a new long-term deal.

However, Grealish has allayed any fears that fans might have held of the player leaving Villa Park after insisting he is determined to remain at the club he's supported as a young boy, and has no plans to leave in the future.

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Jack Grealish quotes:

"I want to stay at Villa," he enthused. "My contract runs out at the end of the season but my eyes are on remaining at Villa.

"It's just down to contract negotiations at the moment but I'm hopeful it will come in time."

Widespread interest

With high-profile foreign managers like Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal and Mauricio Pochettino all reportedly admirers of the Villa youngster, Grealish was asked whether he could foresee himself playing for another club.

However, the player was pretty emphatic with his response, ruling out any possibility of moving to Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford or White Hart Lane.

"No, of course not," he added. "I'm a lifelong fan. Even when I didn't have a game during my loan spell at Notts County last season, I'd go down and watch as a supporter.

"I've been a season-ticket holder since I was four and joined the club a couple of years later. So to be playing for Villa in the Premier League and having the fans in the Holte End sing my name like they did against Hull is a dream come true.

"I'm going through one of those phases where I just can't get enough. Having gotten a taste of it, I'm striving for more by trying to keep playing."

Contract talks continue

With his current deal due to lapse at the end of 2014/15, Villa last week tabled a four-year extension to keep the emerging young talent away from the clutches of rival suitors, and manager Paul Lambert is confident that an agreement is not far away.

In the meantime Grealish will be expected to keep his focus on the field, and is now busy preparing for Aston Villa's away trip to Anfield where they take on Liverpool in the Premier League this weekend.

He made his third senior appearance of the season in a 2-1 win against Hull City before the international break, and has already struck a cord with Aston Villa supporters with his impressive performances having also come through the club's youth academy.

And, whilst the Republic of Ireland youth international is yet to start a match for Lambert's side, his full debut is unlikely to be too far away if Grealish continues to excel when coming off the bench for the first-team.

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