John McGinn has signed a new long-term deal at Aston Villa and told TalkSPORT that his head did not turn in the summer despite being linked with a big-money move to Manchester United.
McGinn, 24, put pen to paper on a big five-year deal at Villa last week following the end of the summer window. It comes after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were linked with a surprise move for the Scotland midfielder.
Signed by Steve Bruce from Hibernian for a bargain £2.75million last summer, McGinn scored seven goal and laid on 10 assists in 44 outings as Villa gained promotion to the Premier League from the Championship.
The Sun claimed in June that Sir Alex Ferguson wanted United to sign McGinn for £50million in the summer, but nothing materialised. McGinn was asked if his head was turned, but he stated he was only focused on Villa.
“Obviously you see bits and bobs but my intentions were pretty clear and the club were aware of that. I didn’t want to leave this summer,” McGinn said. “Nothing else crossed my mind, I wanted to be at Villa this season
“The club wanted that so they’ve kept the best till last and they’ve managed to get me signed up eventually.”
TBR’s view – McGinn will be worth more than £50m next summer
It is a big claim. But it is already clear that McGinn is capable of impressing against the Premier League’s biggest sides, finding the back of the net within 10 minutes against Champions League finalists Spurs.
McGinn’s work rate is twinned with excellent technique and decent stats in the final third. Villa’s number seven, though, is no longer a gem that could be landed on the cheap. A decent season in the top tier, and he will be worth big money.
Villa know this and they have tied him down to a new deal. But next summer, the chances are that the Premier League’s biggest clubs will be interested in the Scottish star’s services, and it could be more than £50million.