Ashley Young could yet stay at Villa Park.
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Aston Villa assistant manager Gary McAllister is hoping the club’s recent arrivals will persuade Ashley Young to stay at Villa Park.
Young’s future at Villa has been the subject of speculation for some time with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham all credited with an interest in his services.
The England international has 18 months to run on his current contract and he has put off talks over a new deal until the end of the season.
Villa managed to keep hold of Young during the January transfer window and McAllister hopes the club’s show of ambition in breaking their transfer record to sign Darren Bent and also the arrival of Jean Makoun will persuade Young to pledge his long-term future to the club
“It’s a triumph if we keep Ashley for next season and it’s a show of intent by everyone here that we want to keep our best players,” McAllister told the Daily Star.”If we keep him, it will mean Ash thinks he can win things with Villa.
“Hopefully, by the signings we have made we can convince our top players to want to be here.”
SOURCE: Sky Sports
Ashley Young is waiting until the end of the season to reopen contract talks, and though officially it is so he can concentrate on his football, suspicions are that he is instead holding out to see how Aston Villa perform with their new players.
They are massively unlikely to be involved in a relegation battle now, but Young presumably wants to see evidence that the club are capable of making a push for Europe next season.
He will be aware that Liverpool made a late offer to sign him in January, and given the rebuilding work also underway on Merseyside, is sure to want to consider another should it be forthcoming.
Manchester United could also be in the market for a player capable of playing on the left wing, but Tottenham already have plenty of attacking talent across the whole midfield, and are unlikely to be in the race despite previous interest.
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