Young not planning Villa exit

Young has 18 months left on his current deal and new Villa chief

Gerard Houllier had stated that fresh terms were close to being

concluded, only for the player to then say he will not agree

anything until the summer at the earliest. His refusal to discuss

terms led to speculation over his future, with some believing he

will follow Gareth Barry and James Milner out of the door, but the

25-year-old has reassured fans he is not looking to leave. Speaking

ahead of this Sunday’s derby with Birmingham, Young told The Sun:

“There’s nothing about me departing. “All I’m doing is

concentrating on my football. I don’t want to be distracted by

anything else. “I’ve not said I’m leaving and I’m not taking my

focus off football. “They don’t need to worry about anything with

me.” He added: “I’m delighted with how everything is going, my

concentration is 100 per cent on football. “The fans have been

brilliant since I’ve been here, always singing my name. “Fingers

crossed, come Sunday, I can go out there and repay them big-time in

the derby. “I don’t think they are a selling club. GB and Milly

have left but players will leave every club – you just carry on.

“I’m concentrating 100 per cent on Villa, I’m not thinking about

moving.” Young scored two goals in the 5-1 victory over the Blues

in 2008 but would put a win before scoring this time. He added:

“I’d take a win, whether I score or not. If we play well and get

three points, that’s the main thing in derby games. “It’s always

going to be a tough game as it’s the derby and there’s a hostile

atmosphere whenever you play Blues. “But we are concentrating on

ourselves and making sure we do our job right – if we do that we

should win.” Young has been playing in a new position this term –

just off the main striker rather than out wide – although he was

back on the wing for England in the goalless stalemate against

Montenegro. He added: “I’m delighted with how things have gone with

Villa and England and I need to keep working hard. “I enjoy playing

in the new position, it gives me more freedom and fingers crossed I

can keep playing well for Villa and impressing the manager. “I wish

it was as simple as being told to roam and be free but it’s for me

to link the strikers and the widemen and the defensive side of it

as well. “I’ve played up front in the past and I didn’t realise how

much running there was to do up there.” Young is full of praise for

new boss Houllier, believing Villa can push for a Champions League

spot after finishing sixth in the last three seasons. He added:

“The gaffer’s been fantastic. The club can keep progressing and

pushing for that Champions League spot.”