Grealish explains Man Utd transfer snub after signing five-year Aston Villa deal

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish signed a new five-year contract with the club on Tuesday, ending speculation that he could be set for a move away this summer.

Manchester United had been heavily linked with the 25-year-old but the Red Devils had concerns over where he would fit into the side.

However, Grealish has admitted he was 50-50 over whether he would stay at Villa Park, opening up about his decision to sign a new contract in an interview with Sky Sports.

Asked when he decided to stay at the club, Grealish said: "Yesterday. Saying that I've always wanted to stay, it's Aston Villa – a club that's close to me and my family.

"There's obviously been speculation through the summer but it was Saturday I had a facetime call with the owner and he said what his ambitions are for this season and it really persuaded me if anything.

"Then I also spoke to the manager and Christian Purslow who have been a breath of fresh air since they've come in. It was only yesterday when talks got under way and it was done within 24 hours.

"So it was quite an easy one for myself to sign it and get the season under way."

  • Jack Grealish signs new Aston Villa contract and ends Man Utd transfer plans

When asked if it was a 50-50 decision, Grealish added: "Yeah, I suppose so. I had a good season last season and there was interest in myself from other clubs.

"But I truly believe everything happens for a reason and I just happened to sign a new contract at Aston Villa and I've got the biggest smile on my face.

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"Last season it probably didn't go the way we planned, although we stayed in the Premier League I think everyone involved in the club wanted to finish higher.

"There's certain stuff that the owners have said to me, and the chief executive and the manager, and they've said their ambitions for the season.

"I'm not going to come out here and say everything, because it's something that you keep in house, but it really persuaded me to get this over and done with."

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