Young hungry on Villa return

18 June 2021 22:37:28 GMTPlus10

Ashley Young says that Dean Smith's "winning mentality" persuaded him to return to Aston Villa and he is certain he has the hunger to succeed at the club.

The 35-year-old former England winger, signed on a free transfer from Inter Milan, rejoins a club who are 2.10 to achieve a Premier League top-half finish next season which just eluded them in 2020-21.

Young was Villa's record signing when he first joined from Watford for £9.5million in 2007, going on to help the Midlands club reach the League Cup final during four successful years.

That earned him a lucrative move to Manchester United where he picked up a Premier League winner's medal in 2012-13, before last year's move to Inter, who he helped to Serie A glory.

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The vastly-experienced Young has also earned 39 caps for England, scoring seven goals, and was a key member of the Three Lions side who reached the 2018 World Cup semi-finals in Russia.

There was interest from a number of top-flight teams, but Young was delighted to return to a club for whom he made 190 appearances during his first stint, and the chance to play under Smith was a key factor in his decision.

"The staff, the manager, how the players want to play for him; they've got that hunger, he's got that desire, that winning mentality," Young told the official Villa club website.

"And, for me, I know I've got that winning mentality. I don't know whether I'm going to be a father figure. For me to come here, not to just be around the squad, I want to come here and play."

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