Christian Purslow has claimed that Aston Villa are under no pressure to sell the likes of Jack Grealish and John McGinn.
Talking on talkSPORT, the Aston Villa chief executive sent a hands-off message to potential suitors. He made it clear that Aston Villa would not entertain offers.
Several Aston Villa players have been linked with exits in the near future. Grealish and McGinn – two of the first names on Dean Smith’s teamsheet – are among the players attracting attention.
Skipper Grealish is under contract until 2023 so Aston Villa do not need to sell him. Meanwhile, McGinn signed a new deal once some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs started paying attention to his form.
Purslow is confident that Aston Villa can keep their star players. He is not panicking about the upcoming January transfer windows and potential incoming bids.
Purslow on Aston Villa’s transfer stance
Purslow told talkSPORT: “I think it’s a fantastic [compliment] that we have brilliant players who attract the attention of lots of clubs around Europe. I’m absolutely proud to say these boys love playing for Aston Villa and we’re a club these days that doesn’t have to worry about selling our assets to survive.
“We’re in a different situation now. The important thing is to have a collection of very valuable assists, and we do.”
Grealish and McGinn are both integral components in Smith’s grand plan at Villa. With these two in midfield, Aston Villa should finish the season out of the relegation zone with relative ease.
The advantage is that both are under long-term contracts and they seem to enjoy playing at Villa Park. Grealish, a boyhood Villa fan, is certainly in no rush to leave.