McGinn extends Villa stay

John McGinn says everything is coming together at Aston Villa at the perfect time as they eye promotion via the Championship play-offs.

John McGinn has committed his future to Aston Villa after putting pen-to-paper on a five-year contract.

Scotland international McGinn was the subject of interest during this transfer window but he has ended any doubts over his future by signing a deal until the summer of 2024 on deadline-day.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United, who are on the verge of selling Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan, were believed to be weighing up an offer for the midfielder during the early stages of the window but were put off by Villa’s high asking price.

McGinn played a key part for Villa during his debut season as he helped the club earn promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs, beating Derby County 2-1 in the final at Wembley as he was named man-of-the-match.

The 24-year-old, who has also enjoyed spells at Scottish sides St Mirren and Hibernian scored six goals and registered 10 assists from 43 Championship appearances and he will be hoping to replicate that form during his maiden campaign in England’s top flight.

Speaking to the club’s official website about his extension, McGinn said: β€œI have loved every minute of my time at Aston Villa and I am delighted to commit myself to the Club for the long term.”

Villa are being tipped to enjoy a successful return to the Premier League following some fantastic business from manager Dean Smith, who has added 12 new players to his squad after splashing out over Β£100million.

Wesley, Tyrone Mings, Douglas Luiz, Matt Targett, Ezri Konsa, Marvelous Nakamba, Trezeguet, Anwar El Ghazi, Tom Heaton, Bjorn Engels, Jota and Kortney Hause have all arrived at Villa Park this summer and will be vying for starting positions.

The Villans, who are back in the Promised Land for the first time since 2016, get their season underway on Saturday when they face the tricky trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to take on Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs, who will be looking to challenge for league glory on a more serious note this term.

Spurs did reach the Champions League final last season but were beaten 2-0 by English rivals Liverpool, who were crowned European champions for the sixth time in the club’s history.

Villa have lost the last three meetings against Spurs but Smith’s men did claim the spoils at White Hart Lane back in 2015, when Belgium international Christian Benteke’s goal earned the visitors a 1-0 victory.