Aston Villa will resist any offers for midfielder John McGinn, insists manager Dean Smith.
McGinn has been one of Villa’s standout players this season, notably scoring in away games at Tottenham and Arsenal.
The Scotland international signed a new long-term deal at Villa Park before the start of the season following speculation that Manchester United were sizing up a move.
Given the 25-year-old’s impressive adaptation to the Premier League along with United’s dearth of options in central midfield, the transfer rumours have persisted.
But Villa manager Smith has tried to diffuse the speculation.
“The big clubs can come calling but they’ll get a short, swift reply!” Smith 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.”
McGinn himself responded to reports linking him to United during the summer transfer window.
“I had a little chuckle at it to be honest,” McGinn said in August after signing his improved five-year contract. “I’m sure a lot of people did.
“I have still got so much left to learn and prove. In the environment here I am appreciated.
“I’m loved and respected by everyone. There is no better feeling. I still have to pinch myself driving in. I feel like one of the main players here.
“To have any speculation lingering about isn’t what you want. I’m just glad to be settled and to focus on the next five years.”