Dean Smith says John McGinn’s contract is evidence that Aston Villa want to keep their best players for the future.
Smith is a huge admirer of McGinn, who excelled in our promotion back to the Premier League.
McGinn today signed a five-year-deal with the football club, one year to the day since he originally joined.
Talking in his first press conference of the season, Smith outlined why McGinn is so vital.
He said: “He’s been very important for the football over the last season – integral to us getting promoted.
“He won multiple Player of the Year awards, such was the standard of his play. He’s certainly merited that contract.
“We want to keep the best players at Aston Villa. We feel that he’s one of them along with Jack Grealish, who has a long-term contract as well as new recruits we have bought in.
“I feel we can develop him even further. He’s really looking forward to the Premier League season and he’s certainly earned it.”