After much speculation over his future in the summer, Jack Grealish has penned a new five-year deal with Aston Villa to potentially see him at Villa Park until 2023.
The 23-year-old will have no doubt benefited from the summer interest from Spurs to up his wages in the new deal (the Daily Telegraph reckons they have doubled to £40k-a-week), while Villa have safeguarded their financial interests in a player they have helped developed from the age of eight-years-old.
There will be not doubt several clauses in the contract related to Villa’s situation at the end of this season, with promotion pretty much a must to retain the player’s services for next season.
Obviously, his wages will go up if Villa are promoted, while they’ll be some kind of release clause amount, if Villa once again fail in their bid for promotion (lets hope it’s more than Fabian Delph’s).
MOMS is pleased that Villa have at least potentially safeguarded losing the player on the cheap, although he will have to impress and develop further this season not for his market value to drop.
While some fans seemed happy to sacrifice Grealish in the summer to help cover Tony Xia’s financial failures, as MOMS always maintained, Villa’s short-term hopes and long-term planning were greatly aided by the club holding on to Grealish.
Regarding the player’s new contract, Aston Villa’s new CEO, Christian Purslow, said: “Securing the long-term future of Jack, a player we believe will play a pivotal role in leading Aston Villa back to where it belongs, is fantastic news for everybody associated with our football club.
“He is a tremendous talent who has been with us since he was a child and naturally we are delighted that he has now committed the next five years of his career to Aston Villa.”