Young delays Villa contract decision

22 October 2010 07:15
England winger Ashley Young has told Aston Villa he will not be signing a new contract with the club before the summer.[LNB] The 25-year-old, signed from Watford by Martin O'Neill in 2007, insists he is happy at Villa Park but does not want to be distracted.[LNB]He told The Sun: "I've told the people at Villa that I won't be signing a new contract at the moment.[LNB]"I know they want to get it done now but my current deal still has a year to run after this season and I feel there is plenty of time to talk next summer.[LNB]"I want to stress that I have no problem with Aston Villa. I love the fans and I'm very much enjoying my football.[LNB]"I want to concentrate on what's happening on the field and don't want to get distracted.[LNB]"It's a big season for me and I'm hopeful there are good times ahead under the new manager."[LNB]Villa, who replaced O'Neill with former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier this season, sit eighth in the Premier League.[LNB]Young, who cost Villa just short of £10million as a 21-year-old, returned to the England team this month for the 0-0 draw with Montenegro.[LNB]While preparing for the Montenegro game, in which he made his first competitive start for his country, Young said: "I have said all along, I am happy with everything that is going on at Villa.[LNB]"I am delighted. The manager has come in and spoken to me.[LNB]"I have two years left on my contract but the main focus for me is to concentrate on my football.[LNB]"I am delighted with the club, I am delighted with the manager and the new regime and the way things are going.[LNB]"I've got two years left of my contract and I'm just concentrating on the football side of things and I am sure everything will get sorted."[LNB]Young was the subject of intense speculation linking him with a summer move to Tottenham before the transfer window closed.[LNB]But Houllier had indicated earlier this month that he expected Young to commit his long term future to Villa "sooner rather than later".

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