Bent fears United will land Ash

Young has only one year remaining of his current contract at Villa

and is being linked with a move to either Manchester United or

Liverpool. But Bent hopes Young can stay for at least one more

season at Villa as the duo prepare to meet up next week for

England’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland at Wembley on

June 4. Villa’s record signing Bent said: “Every day I’m in

Ashley’s ear going ‘please just give us one more year, one more

year, one more year!’ “I’m sure when we’re away with England, I’ll

be giving it the same. “Ashley has been fantastic for Aston Villa.

There’s not one person who could say that he hasn’t served his time

here in the last four or five years. “He’s won club award after

club award. I think he’s been fantastic and if we could get another

year out of him – or two years – then it would be brilliant.” Bent

concedes that the lure of Champions League football – if Young

signs for United – would be hard to resist. He said: “When you’ve

got teams like Manchester United and other Champions League sides

coming in for him, then it makes it very difficult. “But if we can

keep hold of him, I’ll be delighted. I don’t know if it’s a done

deal yet. “It’s about ambitions at the end of the day. When

Manchester United and Chelsea and those kind of clubs come calling

it makes it difficult. “I don’t know whether the other players have

been trying to convince Ashley to stay but I know I have! “Every

day I’m on at him asking him to stay. He’ll probably try to get

away from me! But he’s been fantastic and I really hope we can keep

him.” Liverpool are also reportedly interested in Young, who cost

Villa £9.65million when he arrived from Watford in January

2007.