Young: Villa are my sole focus

BY foxsports • April 10, 2011

Ashley Young insists Aston Villa's relegation battle is his number one priority with talks over his future on hold until the end of the season.

The England winger, who has 14 months left of his current contract, has the same desire as any player to win trophies and has been linked with a summer move to Manchester United.

But the 25-year-old is adamant keeping Villa in the top flight is currently top of his agenda ahead of Sunday's home clash with Newcastle.

Young said: "It's always nice to be linked to those teams but I'm an Aston Villa player, I've got a year left of my contract.

"I just want to do well for the club and, if you ask any of the players here, they just want to get us out of the situation we find ourselves in.

"I've always said we are going to talk about contracts at the end of the season and that has not changed.

"I'm concentrating on everything that is going on out on the pitch and my focus is fully on doing well for Villa and getting ourselves out of the situation we find ourselves in.

"There is nothing going on in the background. I'm just concentrating on football and I think my performances have been good.

"I don't know what more you want me to say. I'm putting in 100% every time I go out there.

"I've spoken to the manager (Gerard Houllier), I spoke to the chairman (Randy Lerner) at the start of the season, and they are all happy with what I've said."

Young added: "Of course, I dream of winning trophies.

"I think every player, if you were to ask them, would say they want to win trophies and titles and medals. I'm no different.

"I'm an ambitious person, like any other person who's in football, to win things.

"If you were to ask any player why they are in football, they would say to win trophies.

"Can I do that at Villa? Of course, I wouldn't have signed for Aston Villa if I didn't think so."

Young is keen to avenge a 6-0 hammering by Newcastle at St

James' Park in August in the aftermath of Martin O'Neill's shock departure as manager.

He said: "It is not a nice feeling when you go away from home and concede six goals in the way we did.

"When you come back home, and get to play the team again, you want to set the record straight and get a better result.

"I think that is what everyone is looking to do.

"It wasn't a nice feeling and all the players were upset in the changing room afterwards and we want to get back out and put things right.

"As a team, it was one of those defeats you don't want to think about and you want to get that out of your memory.

"We know it's going to be a tough game. There is never an easy game in the Premier League.

"We've got to concentrate on ourselves and go out there and put on a good performance and we are capable of doing that."

After three top-six finishes, being involved in a relegation battle at Villa is a new experience for Young and many of the players.

He said: "If you look at the league table, it has been a funny league this year with the amount of teams involved in the same situation as ourselves.

"We found ourselves winning games, losing games. There are times where I think we shouldn't have lost and it is just the way it has gone.

"We've got a few games left to the end of the season and we've got to treat every one like it is the last game and put everything into the games.

"With the team spirit we've got here, I'm sure we will be able to get ourselves out of trouble with the players we've got in the team."


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