Date: 8th August 2019 at 12:42pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Jackie McNamara claims that Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn is worth in excess of £20million after signing a new five-year contract with the club.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Celtic and Scotland star says that he is not surprised by how impressive the 24-year-old has been since swapping Hibernian for the Villans last summer, helping Dean Smith’s men secure promotion via the play-offs.

Thursday saw Villa confirm that the midfield star had put pen to paper on a new long-term contract ahead of their return to the Premier League, which kicks off on Friday.

McNamara says that after signing him for £4million, Villa could make in excess of five-times their money if they were to sell, naming the Scottish international as a valuable asset who could be sold.

He told Football Insider: “He’s strong, he’s got good feet, great attitude. When it comes down to it, the Scottish market is a cheap market. Until they’re actually down there in that environment we see how good they are. 

“The fact they got to the Premier League they want to establish themselves there and stay there. They’ve spent a lot of money, you’d imagine they want to build rather than sell but John is one they could, he’s a good asset for them.

“He’s easily worth £20million-plus. You look at the players down there – Wan-Bissaka going for £50million, it’s crazy. It’s all about what somebody who wants you will pay.

McGinn played 44 times across all competitions for Villa in his first season in England, scoring seven goals and chipping in with 10 assists for his teammates.

Dean Smith’s side have been among the biggest spenders in the top flight over the summer transfer window, with over £100million spent on a dozen of new recruits.

In other Aston Villa news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider that he believes a 27-year-old wants a permanent exit from the club.