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Young aims for Europe

08 Jun 2007 - 12:01:34

Aston Villa youngster Ashley Young believes the club should be challenging the top four for a place in the Champions League in the coming seasons.

Young arrived at Villa Park in a £9.65million move from Watford in January and believes the vision of manager Martin O'Neill and backing of American owner Randy Lerner can transform Villa into a leading force in the Premier League.

"I can't wait for next season. This is a massive club with ambitions of getting into Europe. That's where I want to be playing," he told the club's official website.

"The chairman has come in and put his money into the club. He has his say and he's doing really well for the club.

"Now it's up to us - the players - to pay him back and get us into Europe. We want to be playing in the Champions League.

"Looking to next season, we definitely want to be in the top half, but we're looking towards the Champions League. That's where everyone wants to be."

Young, currently away on England Under-21 duty at the European Championship in the Netherlands, scored on his Villa debut and went on to make 11 appearances last season.


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