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John McGinn’s value has “shot up” – but Villa are not interested in sale, insists Dean Smith

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 15:43, 20 October 2019 | Updated: 11:47, 25 February 2020

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith says John McGinn is not for sale, despite his transfer value rocketing in recent weeks.

The 25-year-old Scotland midfielder has played a pivotal role in newly-promoted Villa’s impressive start to the season, which sees the club sitting six points below the Champions League places after nine Premier League matches played.

McGinn’s ascent: Five key things to know…

  • McGinn has been ever-present for Aston Villa in the Premier League this season.
  • He’s played in every single minute of Villa’s campaign so far.
  • McGinn has registered three goals and one assist, including strikes against Spurs and Arsenal.
  • He’s been linked with a January move to Manchester United.
  • Villa boss Smith says any bid for the Scotlandmidfielder will be swiftly rejected.

McGinn, who joined the Birmingham-based club from Hibernian in August 2018, has been ever-present this season and registered three goals in the process.

As a consequence of his performances, McGinn has been linked with a move away from Villa Park, with Manchester United being reported as a potential destination, but his present deal expires in June 2024 after he signed an extension this summer.

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Smith, who has lavished praise on McGinn for his recent outings, is not contemplating a departure and has made it known what any interested parties will hear if they submit a bid.

“The big clubs can come calling but they’ll get a short, swift reply.” he said.

“He’s a player we want here at Aston Villa. His value shot up from the moment he stepped out onto the Villa Park pitch and showed just what a player he is.

“He has an unbelievable energy level and a big, big heart, but people don’t see the technical side of it as well – he’s got that in abundance.”