By Kevin Phillips

18th Sep, 2020 | 7:00pm

'Best signing of the summer' - Exclusive: Phillips left bouncing by 'Massive' Villa update

Kevin Phillips claimed that it is “a massive, massive boost” for Aston Villa to tie Jack Grealish down to a new long-term deal.

The former Claret and Blue, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that the agreement with the 25-year-old agreeing is Dean Smith’s best signing this summer.

Villa confirmed on Tuesday that the attacking midfielder had put pen to paper on a new five-year contract at his boyhood club.

It comes after a long summer of speculation linking him with a move away from the West Midlands after an impressive season in the Premier League.

Grealish‘s 41 appearances across all competitions in the 2019/20 campaign yielded 10 goals and eight assists.

Phillips was excited by the prospect of the recent England international lining up with Ollie Watkins, the pair already showing signs of promise in the 3-1 EFL Cup win at Burton Albion.

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“It is a massive, massive boost for Villa and everyone concerned with the club.

“Ollie Watkins and Jack Grealish combined really well the other night. If they can link up week in, week out hopefully they can get the goals that will keep them in the league.

“Grealish agreeing to a new deal is Villa’s best signing of the summer. Jack will stay there for now because he is Villa through and through and I expect him to be there for a season.”

Speaking shortly after signing, Grealish said: “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.”

In other Aston Villa news, Alan Hutton claims senior player must be baffled by new signing.