JOHN MCGINN has extended his contract at Aston Villa until 2025 after agreeing a deal with the Premier League outfit today. Celtic were favourites to sign the then Hibs midfielder in the summer of 2018 with a prolonged chase for the Scotland International. However, no deal was struck with the sides apart in terms of asking price, allowing Villa to swoop and sign the midfielder for just £2.75m.
Brendan Rodgers was particularly enraged by Celtic missing out on McGinn and this was one of the reasons for his impromptu departure from the club later that season. McGinn has been one of the top performers with the Villa Park side.
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McGinn helped Villa to promotion in his first season before helping them to remain in the Premier League in his second season, with various clubs supposedly interested in bringing him in. However, after an impressive start to his third season, he has been rewarded with a new deal.
Rodgers was a big fan of McGinn and saw him as the natural replacement to Scott Brown, at that price he could se the potential on option but the Celtic Chief Executive couldn’t strike a deal for McGinn, meaning Villa could steal him.
Instead, Rodgers was given free agent Youssouf Mulumbu and left for Leicester City in February 2019, after Marian Shved and Bayo were signed by the Chief Executive. There were rumours that Celtic could make a move for McGinn this year but that appears to have been put to bed by the announcement of a new deal.