Dean Smith: Aston Villa will not sell John McGinn and Jack Grealish in January
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has warned nightclubs to forget about trying to signal Jack Grealish and John McGinn when the January transfer window opens.
While McGinn set pencil to paper from August to tie him until 2024 both players have long-term contracts in the club, with skipper Grealish signing a deal through to 2023.
Their impressive form this year has seen them attract significant attention, however a rebellious Smith explained:”There’s been a whole lot of speculation about a lot of those players.
“But we’ve two owners that want to build a soccer club, challenging in the top half of the table, along with best six in a few years’ time.
“To do this you need to keep your best players and I’ve no doubts in my mind the owners will want to keep those players.”
Grealish contributes to skipper the side against Newcastle on Monday Night Football after a four-week lay-off having a calf injury, while McGinn heads to the game following a superb week on international duty with Scotland, scoring three goals in just two games at the Euro 2020 qualifying wins within Cyprus and Kazakhstan.
Smith said:”Hopefully John will go and find a couple for us today he’s hit the target route. He explained ,’If you have to throw me up front you can do’.”
Newcastle director and former Villa manager Steve Bruce maintained McGinn was now doing”at Man United level” such happen to be his high standards .
Smith, who credits Bruce for”a terrific purchase” because McGinn price around #2.75m when he combined Villa from Hibernian last August, believes there is still room to grow.
“He’s improving every game he plays,” he said. “He works hard in practice, he is scoring goals at international level also, so he just needs to continue with that improvement.
“I’ve no doubt that he will because he has a great head on his shoulders. He’s a smart boy, but in addition to that he’s a really good lad in the dressing room”