'It was only yesterday talks got underway!' - Grealish admits Villa stay was 50-50
Aston Villacaptain Jack Grealish has admitted that it was 50-50 whether he'd stayafter committing his future to the club on Tuesday.
When asked by Sky Sports after the match if it was 50-50 whether he'd stay, Grealish said: "Yeah, I suppose so.
"I had a good season last season andthere was interest in myself from other clubs, butI just truly believe that everything happens for a reason and I've just happened to sign a new contract at Aston Villa, and I've got the biggest smile on my face."
Grealish clearly agonised over whether to stay or go, admitting that he only decided to sign thenew contract on Monday.
"On Saturday I hada FaceTime call with the owner and he saidwhat his ambitions are for this season and it really persuaded me," he continued.
"And then it wasonly yesterday when talks got underway and it was done within 24 hours so it was quite an easy one, which is obviously good for myself."
Grealish scored eight Premier League goals and added six assists last season as Villa narrowly avoided relegation in their first season after being promoted from the Championship.
Despite staying in the top flight, theEngland international admitted the club were not satisfied with their campaign and backed them to improve in 2020-21.
"Last season probably didn't go the way we planned although we stayed in the Premier League. I think everyone involved with the club wanted to probably finish higher," the midfielder said.
"But the certain stuff that the owners have said to me, andthe chief executive and the manager, they've said their ambitions for the season ... you know it really, really persuaded me to to get this over and done with."
Source : goal.com
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