Ashley ready to pen new Villa deal

23 September 2010 03:40
Ashley Young has given a boost to new manager Gerard Houllier by expressing his willingness to sign a new deal with Aston Villa.[LNB] Young was the subject of speculation about his future during the summer and constantly linked with a move to Tottenham.[LNB]But the 25-year-old England winger has started the new campaign in sparkling form and given the strongest indication yet he will be happy to commit to the midlands club.[LNB]When asked how contract talks were progressing, Young said: "I've always said that I'm willing to sign a new deal. If it comes along, then I'll be delighted to sign."[LNB]Houllier will be pleased with Young's stance with Villa losing Gareth Barry and then James Milner during the past two summers.[LNB]And Young has been impressed already with the impact Houllier has made in his short spell since replacing Martin O'Neill.[LNB]He said: "When things change at a club, you are looking forward to a new regime with the new manager coming in who has his own way of thinking.[LNB]"I think the players are looking forward to everything that's going to happen with the changes coming.[LNB]"You are professionals. You have to adapt to new regimes and if the manager changes things you have to adapt to it. I think we've done well doing that so far.[LNB]"Obviously there have been changes but not too many. You don't want to change things too quick at the start.[LNB]"Hopefully we'll continue the work we've put in in the last few days and continue our winning ways."[LNB]Young was referring to the 3-1 win over Blackburn in the Carling Cup - Houllier's first match in charge - in which he scored twice to lead a second-half revival.[LNB]The former Watford player feels Villa have taken plenty of confidence from reaching the final of last season's competition as they aim to go one better during the current campaign.[LNB]Young said: "Going in at half-time being behind was disappointing but it just shows the team spirit and character that we've had over the years in that we can bounce back from anything.[LNB]"It was vital to get off to a winning start under the new manager and get us into the next round of the cup.[LNB]"We got loads of confidence from the run last year."

Source: Team_Talk