Date: 3rd May 2021 at 1:35pm
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Former Aston Villa midfielder has urged his former club not to sell John McGinn this summer amid reported interest from West Ham United.

The 26-year-old has impressed for the Midlands side during his time at Villa Park, scoring 12 goals and providing 19 assists in 106 appearances for Dean Smith’s men.

His impressive form has reportedly attracted interest from elsewhere, with Hammers insider ExWHUemployee (West Ham Way podcast, via Hammers News) claiming the capital club are interested in acquiring his services.

However, in an exclusive with Football Fan Cast, Hendrie revealed that he’s desperate for Villa to keep hold of the Scotland international and believes McGinn could be crucial to the club’s progress.

He said: “Villa need to keep hold of players that they’ve got, good players that they’ve got, and build on that. So I feel that’d be such a negative if they sold John McGinn, but money talks and West Ham [are] possibly entering into the Champions League.”

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McGinn joined Villa in a £2m move from Scottish Premiership outfit Hibernian back in 2018 and has been central to the club’s progress since his arrival.

Smith’s side have made big strides this season and are currently sitting in mid-table after narrowly avoiding relegation from the top-flight in 2019/20.

Therefore, keeping hold of McGinn may be a priority this summer, and Villa are in a good place to do just that due to his contract situation.

The combative midfielder still have four years left to run on his existing with , and it would take a big fee to prize the £25.2 rated man (as per Transfermarkt) away from Villa Park.

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