Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish has ended speculation surrounding his future at the club, at least for this summer, by signing a new five-year contract with the club.

The midfielder had been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United but the Manchester Evening News are reporting that concerns over where Grealish would be most effective for the Red Devils meant they were 'never close' to making a concrete attempt to sign him.

The 25-year-old was on United's radar but Grealish's versatility counted against him.

The England international began the season in central midfield but has since switched to a role on the left of Villa's front three, a position which Marcus Rashford occupies for United.

The midfielder wants a Champions League challenge, which could see him head to Old Trafford in a £75m deal
Jack Grealish has committed his future to Aston Villa

After putting pen to paper on his new deal, Grealish told Villa's official website: "I am delighted to make this commitment to Villa. It is my club, my home and I am very happy here.

"The owners have made it very clear to me how ambitious they are and how they want to build Aston Villa. There are exciting times ahead and I am very glad to be part of it."

Marcus Rashford is to be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester
Grealish has starred for Villa on the left, Marcus Rashford's favoured position

The club's CEO Christian Purslow, added: "Jack is an emblem of our Owner’s vision for Aston Villa. He joined our Club as a local boy aged six and has developed into one of the country’s finest players finally becoming a full England international last week.

"We are determined to build a top team around him and are delighted that he is extending his contract and committing himself to the club he loves."

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Villa's Premier League campaign is due to get underway next Monday when they host Sheffield United at Villa Park.

The club have strengthened in the transfer window after narrowly avoiding relegation last season, shelling out a combined £42m to sign Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest and Ollie Watkins from Brentford.