Aston Villa ‘interested’ in Young return amid Burnley, Watford links

Date published: Tuesday 15th June 2021 10:46 - Lewis Oldham

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Aston Villa are interested in bringing Inter Milan star Ashley Young back to the club this summer, according to reports.

Young made 561 senior appearances combined for Watford, Aston Villa and Manchester United between 2013 and 2020.

The Englishman left Man United in January 2020 to join Italian giants Inter Milan.

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Young made 25 appearances during his debut season for Milan in 2019/20. He then helped them win the Serie A title for the first time since 2009/10.

The 35-year-old looks set to leave Inter Milan this summer. Burnley and Watford have both been linked with him. 

The Athletic have now revealed that Aston Villa are interested in him:

The report reads: “The 35-year-old will be allowed to leave Inter Milan this summer and Villa have already asked about whether he would consider returning.

“Boss Dean Smith wants an experienced and versatile replacement for full-backs Ahmed Elmohamady and Neil Taylor who have both left the club this summer.

“Smith sees Young as an ideal option as he can play on both flanks and would bring with him a significant amount of experience.”

Elsewhere, Alan Hutton has suggested that it will be difficult for Aston Villa to keep Jack Grealish if he impresses at the Euros:

Grealish just makes things happen. People talk about the amount of times he gets fouled around the box but that’s not just him.

“He offers everything, he can play in midfield, wide left, number 10. He’s a creator and he can score goals. If he goes away, starts and he has a good tournament, it’s going to be difficult to hold on to him.

“We know the likes of Man City are circling about him, talking £100million. That kind of money, it would be hard to try and hold onto him. He’s definitely been the main man for Villa, their talisman. He kept them up the other season.

“I think they would have done even better last season had he not been injured. It’s one of those things, we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

“I hope he does stay because the way the squad’s looking at the moment and the additions that are possibly coming in, they can be a real force next season.”

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