Manchester United have been warned they have no chance of signing £50million target John McGinn from Aston Villa. Steven Gerrard has insisted the Scotland international is ‘invaluable’ and a key part of Villa’s future plans.
United have long been linked with a transfer for McGinn to help improve a midfield that has gone stale at Old Trafford.
The 27-year-old has been excellent for Villa under Dean Smith and now former Liverpool midfielder Gerrard.
And the Villa boss has told potential suitors that McGinn will remain with the Midlands outfit.
“There’s not many better people than John McGinn,” Gerrard said.
“I’ve been in the game an awfully long time and he is a really infectious character who is great for the group, on and off the pitch. John is the glue to everything that’s good at Aston Villa.
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“One hundred percent, he is very important for me, for the staff, for his team-mates and the club.
“The club have been good for John – and he has paid them back with consistent performances throughout.
“We are hoping to keep trying to improve him in all departments.”
Interested clubs would likely need to pay a premium fee for McGinn as he still has three years remaining on his deal.
If we are to take this club where we want to take it, then it’s very important that we keep working with players like him. He’s invaluable.
“When you take over a job, it’s important that your senior players believe in what you’re bringing to the table.
“They help you deliver the message, they help you improve standards around the place.
“I don’t want to over-praise John here, but he has been absolutely brilliant. Everything we’ve asked him to do he’s gone above and beyond.”