Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Young delays new contract talks until the summer
The 25-year-old insists that he is happy at Villa Park but explained that he does not want to be distracted. "I've told the people at Aston Villa that I won't be signing a new contract at the moment. 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," he said. Related ArticlesSunderland v Aston Villa: match previewYoung out with hamstring tearBlues head Asia Trophy line-upWe could have won it - PetrovChelsea must show some backboneMartin O'Neill rejects Dynamo Kiev offer"I want to stress that I have no problem with Aston Villa. I love the fans and I'm very much enjoying my football. I want to concentrate on what's happening on the field and don't want to get distracted. It's a big season for me and I'm hopeful there are good times ahead under the new manager." It comes as a blow for new manager Gerard Houllier and the club, who had hoped to see Young commit himself this season and were quietly confident that the forward, who was signed from Watford by Martin O'Neill in 2007 for a little short of £10 million, would do so 'sooner rather than later'. Young has two years left on his contract, but his decision to halt talks until the end of the season will no doubt lead to intense speculation in January. Young was a target for Tottenham in the summer window, and after his assured start to the season and recall into the England squad, it would be no surprise if he were to be courted again. It was with the England squad ahead of their match against Montenegro that Young explained he was still happy in the Midlands. He said: "I have said all along, I am happy with everything that is going on at Villa. I am delighted. The manager has come in and spoken to me. "I have two years left on my contract but the main focus for me is to concentrate on my football. I am delighted with the club, I am delighted with the manager and the new regime and the way things are going. 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."
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