By Richard Parks
Manchester United have extended the contract of Aston Villa loanee Sam Johnstone by 12 months until the summer of 2019, according to a report.
The Manchester Evening News claim that United have triggered an extension clause in Johnstone’s contract at the same time as his teammates Ashley Young and Daley Blind.
Villa boss Steve Bruce and owner Tony Xia have both expressed their enthusiasm in signing the goalkeeper on a permanent contract during the summer window.
The Manchester Evening News report that Johnstone’s value is set to rise if he is a member of a promotion-winning side.
The shot-stopper, 24, has been a key member of Bruce’s side and has made 34 Championship appearances for the third-placed outfit.
Football Insider verdict:
Given that Johnstone is yet to make his senior United debut and the formidable presence of David de Gea is blocking his path to the senior side, not to mention his deputy Sergio Romero, the keeper would be far better off joining Villa permanently. Aged 24, he needs to be playing regularly and not fiddling around on the sidelines. Should a deal be negotiated, the best outcome for all parties is that Johnstone signs a permanent deal with Villa after, they hope, promotion is secured.
In other Aston Villa news, a key player at the club has refused to commit his future to Steve Bruce’s side after a shocking clause revealed.