Smith has ‘no doubts’ about future of Villa’s star men

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Aston Villa boss Dean Smith says he has no concerns about the futures of John McGinn and Jack Grealish heading into the January transfer window.

Although the Villans head into Monday’s game against Newcastle just above the relegation zone, the midfield duo of Grealish and McGinn have impressed on the club’s return to the top flight.

The pair helped power the Birmingham-based outfit to promotion last season and have adapted well to life in the Premier League.

The form of Grealish and McGinn has made several clubs sit up and take notice, with Manchester United linked with both men.

Former Villa boss Steve Bruce insisted this week that Scotland international McGinn has the quality to be a success at Old Trafford were the Red Devils to come calling.

The 25-year-old, who has three goals and two assists in 12 Premier League appearances, only cost Villa £2.7million when they signed him from Hibernian in the summer of 2018. However, they would reportedly want close to £50million if they were to be persuaded to sell.

McGinn and Grealish both have long-term contracts after McGinn recently signed deal running until 2024, while Grealish penned an agreement through to 2023 last September.

However, that hasn’t stopped them being linked with moves away, with Tottenham having maintained their interest in Grealish despite his up and down form this term.

Spurs have come close to snapping up the 25-year-old in the past and the appointment of Jose Mourinho as manager this week could lead to the north London outfit splashing the cash in the January transfer window.

Smith isn’t worried about the future of either of his midfielders, though, heading into the new year, claiming the club hierarchy are not interested in parting with either McGinn or Grealish.

“We’ve two owners who want to build a football club, challenging in the top half of the table, and top six in a few years’ time,” Smith told Sky Sports. “To do that you have to keep your best players and I’ve no doubts in my mind the owners will want to keep those players.”