Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has told Manchester United that midfielder John McGinn will not be prised away from Villa Park.
The Scotland international was linked with United in he summer, with an Alan Nixon exclusive in The Sun in June claiming that United were preparing to make a bid for McGinn after making background checks on him.
That reportedly prompted Villa to stick a £50m price tag on the energetic midfielder, and just five weeks later McGinn signed a new five-year deal at Villa Park.
When asked about the rumour at the time, McGinn told Sky Sports: “I had a little chuckle at it to be honest, I’m sure a lot of people did. It is up to me to go and prove it is justified.”
McGinn though is still believed to be on United’s radar with the 25-year-old having scored three Premier League goals already this season, as well as hitting a hat-trick for Scotland against San Marino recently.
Smith though is adamant McGinn will not be leaving in January.
Smith said: “The big clubs can come calling but they’ll get a short, swift reply! 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.
“He’s a really top player and pivotal to us getting promoted last season. He’s continued that form in the Premier League and his value would have certainly shot up.”
McGinn, who signed from Hibernian for £2.8million in summer 2018, is contracted to Villa until July 2024.