John McGinn EXCLUSIVE: Aston Villa star says he was never intending to leave this summer despite Manchester United links


John McGinn has dismissed suggestions he was considering a move away from Aston Villa this summer.

The Scotland international moved to Villa Park in August 2018 from Hibernian despite interest from boyhood club Celtic.

John McGinn has started the 2019/20 season well with Villa

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John McGinn has started the 2019/20 season well with Villa

However, it looks like it was a wise move as McGinn played a huge role in helping the Villans getting promoted to the Premier League and even scored in their victory over Derby County in the Championship play-off final.

His form was understood to have attracted the attention of other clubs including Manchester United, who were reportedly lining up a £50million bid for the 24-year-old.

John McGinn insisted he was always planning to stay at Villa this summer

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John McGinn insisted he was always planning to stay at Villa this summer

But McGinn put an end to any speculation surrounding his future at Villa by signing a new five-year contract at the club last week.

He celebrated signing the new deal by scoring for Villa in their Premier League opener against Tottenham where he also had stats of an 85 per cent pass completion rate.

However, Dean Smith’s side lost the game 3-1.

Villa have had an incredibly busy summer, buying TWELVE new players in preparation for life back in the top flight.

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And McGinn told talkSPORT that a new contract was actually in the pipeline since the start of the summer.

Speaking to Jim White and Natalie Sawyer, McGinn said: “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.

“I feel loved here, I feel respected by everyone – the players, the coaches and I was keen to prove that I could play in the Premier League with Villa.

“It’s been an OK start [to my Aston Villa career] but there’s a lot more to come from me.

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“I was chuffed [to sign a new deal]. The club came to me at the start of the summer and basically said to me ‘listen, we’ve got a lot of work to do and we want to know if you want to be here’ and it was pretty straight forward.

“Nothing else crossed my mind, I wanted to be at Villa this season and the club wanted that so they’ve kept the best till last and they’ve managed to get me signed up eventually!”


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