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Houllier calm over Young delaying talks
22 Oct 2010 - 15:34:24
Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier says that he is not too concerned that England winger Ashley Young wants to delay talks over a new contract until the end of the current campaign.
The 25-year-old's current deal runs out in the summer of 2012 and Houllier is content to wait a little longer to persuade Young to stay put at Villa Park.
He told reporters: "I am quite happy with what Ashley has said.
He loves the fans here, he enjoys his football and, since I've come here, he very much enjoys the way he is progressing.
"I am quite happy with what he has said, that he wants to concentrate on his football and talk about it at the end of the season.
"At the end of the day he is not in the same situation as Wayne Rooney was because he re-signed a contract two years ago, so it is a bit different.
"I am happy. He looks happy, he is fine. He enjoys his football and you know when you are not happy, you don't improve.
"All I can see is he is a major part of our team but also a major part of our atmosphere and is lively and jovial. We like that, the way he behaves.
"A lot of things can happen, I understand that. I've been here just over a month. Maybe he needs to know more.
"He needs to know about the ambition of the club, but he knows he is a key part of our future and that's it."