Jack Grealish Release Clause
There’s been a lot of publicity this week regarding Jack Grealish’s new five-year contract at Aston Villa, which has helped kept the limelight off Steve Bruce’s impressing pressurised situation.
With the player himself admitting he was “95% sure” he was leaving the club in the summer window, there’s no doubt that the new contract, as well as giving him a substantial pay-rise (thought to be £45k-a-week), would certainly contain a clause or two.
The Times today reported that there is a significant release clause of £45m, which will allow him to leave the club, if it is met in future transfer windows.
Release Clause Ghost
The timing of the new contract brings back memories of 25th January 2015, when a new four-and-a-half year contract for Fabian Delph was announced. Then, the knives were very much out for Paul Lambert, who’s struggling Villa team had failed to score in their last five games.
Come the end of this season, if Villa don’t achieve promotion, the equation could be the same for Grealish, as it was for Delph, that despite a long-term contract, the player would leave straight away.
While Delph’s contract seemed like a short-term publicity stunt – with a secret low ball release clause of £8m (or so), meaning he was certain to leave, but at least it would appease the pitchfork brigade in the immediate term and bank Villa some extra pennies when he left – Grealish’s creates a world of intrigue, which we’ll discuss in more detail else where.
One thing is for sure, Grealish will want out if Villa fail to gain promotion this season. The problem is, if the player fails to raise his game to help his boyhood team get promotion, then it may devalue him in the eyes of the kind of club that can afford £45m.
The plot thickens, but at least the focus is very much on this season, with the player now knowing he has to play well both for Villa and his own future.