Date: 26th March 2020 at 8:20pm
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Long before lives got complicated with the emergence of the Coronavirus issue, the local and national media had already developed a tired and boring obsession with selling the likes of Jack Grealish, John McGinn and Tyrone Mings from under Aston Villa’s legs at the end of the campaign, and following the postponement of the football calendar, we’ve seen more rehashes on that front than there are Fast & Furious or Star Wars films.

Clearly the claims aren’t going to go anywhere, although why anyone reads them is slightly beyond me, but as a twist on the claims that surround Meatball in particular, former striker and our hero against Birmingham City back in October 2005, Kevin Phillips, remains convinced that he’ll stick with us – regardless of whether this season ends with our survival or relegation.

You Got Any Concerns About McGinn?

Only On A Money Front & Relegation

Only On A Money Front & Relegation

Nope, He'll Stay

Nope, He'll Stay

Phillips’ spell at the club was certainly brief, but he remains in and around football now as a coaching, but he’s also turned his hand to some punditry work. With Wolverhampton Wanderers the latest club to be flavour of the month when it comes to an interest in the 25-year-old, Phillips told Football Insider that having chatted to him during his time out injured, he believes the Scottish international would easily give us next season at least, to repay the faith we have shown in him, as he doesn’t seem to be the sort to act any other way.

“I do not see McGinn leaving if they go down. He has been injured for virtually the whole season and he probably feels he owes Aston Villa one. If they do not go down he definitely will not leave. When he is on fire he could play in most Premier League sides but I do not see him leaving. I had a conversation with him earlier on and he is a nice kid. I got the impression he feels he wants to stay and try and help Villa whichever league they are in. If he was to kick off and say he wants to leave he might have let himself down a little bit.”

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Although Phillips has easily got the ‘injured for virtually the whole campaign’ completely well off base, what he says about McGinn fits with what we’ve seen both on and off the pitch following his arrival from Hibernian, so it sounds far more likely than the claims he’ll want to jump ship at the first chance.

I know money talks in the game these days, and has done for a long time, but he just doesn’t seem to be the sort for me.

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