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Ex-Man United Captain Ashley Young Returns to Aston Villa

by Zablon Ondari
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English Premier League side Aston Villa has announced the signing of Ashley Young from Inter Milan.

The former Manchester United captain has signed a one-year deal with Villa after his contract with Serie A giants Inter Milan expired at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

Young, 35, spent just over four years at Villa during his first stint at the club before he joined Manchester United.

“It feels amazing to be back. It feels like I’ve not left,” Young told Villa TV.

‘I’m just delighted to be back, seeing some old faces, being back at the training ground, seeing the facilities and how well they’ve grown. You can see how much the club has evolved since my time and I’m just ready to get down to work now.”

For his part, 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.”

Young began his career at Watford, spending three seasons in the Championship and one year in the Premier League between 2003 and 2007.

In January 2007, he moved to Aston Villa where he made 157 league appearances. He joined Manchester United in 2011 where he stayed for eight-and-a-half years.

During his time at United, Young won the Premier League title in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season at Old Trafford. He also won the FA Cup, the Europa League and the EFL Cup with the Reds.

In January 2020, he made the switch to Inter Milan where he has spent 18 months. Last season, Young played 26 matches and helped the club win the Serie A title.

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