Aston Villa keeping tabs on Sunderland ace as scouts 'rave' about midfielder
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Neil signed a new long-term deal earlier this season, saying there was 'nowhere he would rather be'.
The Sunderland head coach says he believes the 20-year-old can play at the highest level, but stressed that he stated he can do that on Wearside.
Neil is enjoying an impressive breakthrough season, in which he has been repeatedly scouted by top-level clubs, as indeed he had been in U23 football for season's previous.
Home supporters have loudly serenaded Neil as 'one of their own' regularly this season.
Nixon has stated that Villa’s scouts are ‘raving’ about Neil, with the club seeing the signing of Neil as a long-term project.