Burnley target Ashley Young returns to Aston Villa

Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Burnley target Ashley Young.

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 7:36 pm
Updated Thursday, 17th June 2021, 7:38 pm
Ashley Young
Ashley Young

The 35-year-old has returned to Villa Park a decade after leaving for Manchester United, signing a one-year deal after helping Inter Milan win Serie A.

Villa Head Coach Dean Smith said: “Ashley brings with him a wealth of experience of top-level football both at club and international level and he is joining having just won a league championship in Italy.

“He is a player who can play in a number of positions and, having spoken to him at length, I know he is determined to make a real impact with us this season.”

Burnley were believed to have been in the box seat for the 35-year-old former England international, who was out of contract at Inter, but the lure of a return to Villa proved too strong.

He had the offer of another year at the San Siro, even despite a change of manager, with Simone Inzaghi replacing Antonio Conte, and Watford were also keen on bringing him back to the club where he started his career.

Burnley had impressed Young, making an offer of a year, plus the option of a second - as well as a return to the north west, where he spent nine years with United, and the chance to play under Sean Dyche, his captain at Watford.

Villa, however, were in the market for back up at full back, having released Neil Taylor and Ahmed Elmohamady at the end of their contracts, while Smith was eager for more experienced heads to help a very young squad, with former Clarets keeper Tom Heaton also set to seal a return to Manchester United after two years at Villa.