Dean Smith admits Aston Villa must match Jack Grealish's lofty ambitions to play in Europe - or face losing him.

Villa survived by a single point on the final day of last season and faced losing their star player should relegation have occurred.

The captain was at the centre of significant transfer interest from Manchester United all summer long following survival before eventually penning a new five-year contract to stay at Villa after showdown talks with Smith, chief executive Christian Purslow and co-owner Nassef Sawiris.

"I am delighted to make this commitment to Villa," he said, back in September. "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."