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Tottenham target Grealish signs new long-term Aston Villa deal

The 23-year-old has ended speculation over his club future.

Grealish has made a strong start to the season with Villa.
Grealish has made a strong start to the season with Villa.
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JACK GREALISH HAS signed a new five-year contract at Aston Villa, following a summer in which he was courted by Tottenham.

The 23-year-old was identified as a key target by Spurs, but the deal dragged on, with manager Steve Bruce claiming that the Premier League club were “nowhere near” Villa’s valuation the player.

Reports subsequently claimed that Tottenham’s first bid was worth £3 million plus young midfielder Josh Onomah, with Villa reportedly keen on receiving above £30m.

Grealish — who represented Ireland at underage level — has now committed his future to Villa, ending any lingering doubts at the club that he may leave in January, and CEO Christian Purslow has expressed his delight at tying down the star.

“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 said in a statement.

“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.”

Grealish made his debut in 2013-14, and has been with the club since 2001.

Since declaring for the country of his birth, he has won seven caps for England’s U21 side, but has not yet been capped at senior level.

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