Aston Villa will recoup “top dollar” for Matty Cash further down the line if he puts pen to paper on a new contract.
That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper and new Football Insider columnist Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively after The Athletic‘s David Ornstein reported that Villa are ready to offer the right-back a new deal.
Cash, 23, signed a five-year contract with Villa after completing a £16million move. from Nottingham Forrest in the summer.
He has enjoyed a standout debut season, featuring 24 times for Dean Smith’s side expectation-defying side.
Villa have already handed new contracts to Tyrone Mings, Jack Grealish and John McGinn in 2020-21.
And Kenny insists that opening talks with Cash would be a smart move and ensure maximum resale value in the future.
“Cash is a key player and you can’t let key players run their contracts run down,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“It’s important that these key young players are paid well and have got good long contracts. If people do then want them, they’ve got to pay top dollar for them.
“That’s how a club should be run, isn’t it? If that’s what they’re thinking, that’s great that they’re doing that.”
After a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday, Aston Villa are 11th in the Premier League table with 44 points after 30 games.
They narrowly escaped relegation last season and finished the campaign with just 35 points on the board.