John McGinn has signed a new long-term deal with Aston Villa that will keep him at the club until 2027.
The Scotland international joined Villa from Hibernian in 2018 and quickly became a fan favorite under then-manager Steve Bruce.
McGinn’s rise through the ranks at Villa Park has resulted in him being a squad staple, and Unai Emery’s arrival midway through the season encouraged him to remain.
The previous deal for the 28-year-old was going to expire in two years. But he will now be a Villa player for the next four seasons as the club looks to build on recent strong performances.
McGinn was named captain of the Midlands-based club last summer. He was one of the team’s standout performances despite only scoring one Premier League goal.
His midfield determination is a well-liked trait that makes McGinn a danger in both offensive and defensive situations. He’s likely to play a key part in Villa’s European campaign next season.
Aston Villa’s John McGinn has signed a new four-year contract extension
Villa fans responded angrily to McGinn’s contract extension on social media, with some dubbing him the club’s “best player.”
‘That’s amazing,’ one supporter said on Twitter. Everything is in place to guarantee legend status right now. What a tale. What you’ve done is perhaps legendary. It’s unmistakable with a gleaming metal adornment. ‘I love you, John.’
‘A lot better all-round player than Declan Rice, and the money being thrown around for him, it makes excellent sense to lock him down to a long term,’ said another.
In his own words, John McGinn’s Aston Villa adventure.
McGinn contends after his contract renewal became official that he feels Aston Villa are starting to ‘fulfill’ the club’s goals.
‘There have been many ups and downs, but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. We’ve been quite successful, and I think this season exemplified what everyone wants to do and demonstrated everyone’s talent and desire,’ he told the club website.
‘With the management and personnel in place right now, we are really starting to fulfill that.
‘If you told me when I was younger that I’d be playing in the Premier League every week against the finest players in the world for a team like Aston Villa, I’d have to pinch myself.
‘I’m embracing it, don’t take it for granted, and just strive to be the best that I can be every day,’ he added.
The extension rounds up a successful month for McGinn, who was part of the Scotland side that extended their unbeaten streak in Euro 2024 qualification with victories against Norway and Georgia.