Aston Villa announced that star man Jack Grealish had signed a new five-year deal at Villa Park on Monday, much to the delight of the Villa faithful. However, Steve Bruce isn’t looking to stop there, and will now enter talks with defender James Chester regarding a new contract, according to The Telegraph.
Championship rivals Stoke City were keen to bring in defender James Chester during the summer transfer window, but a deal failed to materialise for Gary Rowett’s side. Now that the Welshman’s short-term future is decided, Steve Bruce is now moving in to try and persuade Chester to commit his long-term future to the club.
Chester has a year and a half remaining on his deal at Villa Park, but Bruce is keen to extend his stay as he strives to keep the core of his squad together to help him make a charge for promotion.
It seemed set that both Chester and Jack Grealish would have to be sacrificed in the summer, as a financially stricken Villa looked to raise funds by letting go of some of their top players. However, Grealish’s move to Spurs fell through, and now Steve Bruce and Villa fans will be hoping that Chester follows in the English midfielder’s footsteps by signing a new long-term deal with the Villains.
Villa have struggled for defensive options in the early stages of the 2018/19 Championship season, with veteran midfielder Mile Jedinak being operated as a central defender on several occasions. The loss of Chester would leave Steve Bruce missing a defender arguably good enough to be playing in the Premier League.
Talks are expected to take place in the coming weeks, so Villa fans will be eager to see if there are any developments, hoping that the negotiations end in another star player committing their future to Aston Villa.