Inter Milan right-back Ashley Young is reportedly nearing an exit from the club and is already a transfer target to a couple of clubs across Europe, in China, and in the Major League Soccer. The former England and Manchester United star has continued to fall further down the pecking order at the club especially with Achraf Hakimi not looking like he will be slowing down anytime soon.
Hakimi completed a permanent transfer from Real Madrid last summer and has cemented himself as Inter Milan’s first-choice right-back since his permanent move, making it very difficult for Young to find his way to the first-team. Young is already getting closer to 35 and is currently being deemed surplus to requirements by manager Antonio Conte who reportedly no longer wants the former Aston Villa man to continue at Inter when his current deal expires this summer.
Inter Milan wing back Ashley Young could leave the club in the summer as his current deal with the Nerazzuri expires at the end of this season. Ashley Young signed a deal until the end of this season when he signed for Inter Milan from Premier League giants Manchester United. According to FCInterNews.it, Ashley Young is on course to leave Inter Milan this summer and that the club has targeted Simone Bastoni as the potential replacement for him. Simone Bastoni has had a good season for newly promoted team Spezia until this point and he could join the big league by moving to Inter Milan later this year.
The publication from FCInter News revealed that Inter Milan officials want to carry out a major surgery on the playing squad at Inter Milan ahead of next season and that the club wants to also reduce the high wage bill. Ashley Young earns around €3m on a yearly basis and Inter Milan are not willing to renew his contract. Instead, Inter Milan would go for someone like Simone Bastoni, who earns around 10% of what Ashley Young is being paid.
Inter Milan fullback Ashley Young enjoyed a very good career at Premier League giants Manchester United before he left the club to join the Nerazzuri at the start of the year. Inter Milan paid around €1m to sign the 35-year-old player during the 2020 January transfer window. Ashley Young is a utility player who can play either as a winger on the left or right side of attack and can also play either as a left fullback or as a right fullback plus the fact that he can perform well as a left wing back or as a right wing back.
Ashley Young spent the best part of his 17-year old professional career at Manchester United. He signed for the Red Devils in the summer of 2011 following a four-year stay with Aston Villa. While he was at Manchester United, Ashley Young won the Premier League title in the final season of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson during the 2012/2013 campaign. He also won the Europa League, the Capital One Cup, the Community Shield and the FA Cup title in his nine years at the Theatre of Dreams.
Manchester United defender Ashley Young has said that a top-four challenge is not good enough for the Red Devils and they should be challenging for trophies instead. The Mancunian giants ended the current Premier League season in a disappointment as they finished sixth on the table and that has eluded them of Champions League football next season.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Young said that the club need to be aiming for trophies rather than pushing for the top four and that itself remains a disappointment. He added that the recently concluded campaign has been a let-down with the team failing to make the Champions League places despite receiving help from the sides around them.
BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton has slammed Ashley Young following his average performance against Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final. The England international was awarded with the right wing-back role for the game, but his showing was far from impressive as he struggled to make any inroads towards the Blaugrana defence.
Speaking after the game, Sutton was surprised with Young’s inclusion in the starting lineup against the Spanish champions and indicated that the Englishman is probably the worst captain and right-back in the club’s long history, he said: “Let’s get it right, he’s the worst ever United captain and the worst ever United right back.”
Ashley Young says that it is a major worry to witness players being attacked by supporters and he has called for more protection to the players in the wake of the recent incident involving Jack Grealish of Aston Villa. The Aston Villa player was attacked by a Birmingham fan, who had invaded on the pitch. Manchester United’s Chris Smalling almost encountered a similar incident in the recent match at the Emirates Stadium when a supporter ran onto the pitch and confronted the defender. The pitch invasion was in the aftermath of Arsenal scoring the second goal from the penalty spot through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Even though the perpetrators in both incidents have been arrested and they are likely to face stadium bans, defender Ashley Young says that he is worried to see frequent incidents happen in this regard. He has called for more stewards on the sidelines so that pitch invasion can be prevented at the start. Young was subjected to a lot of abuse when he made the switch from Watford to Aston Villa several years ago. Even though those abuses have since been forgotten, such incidents will give a lot of fear within Young, who is looking to extend his stay at Manchester United beyond the current campaign.
Talk SPORT pundit Danny Murphy has urged Manchester United to find a long-term replacement for Ashley Young in their ranks. The England international has been the undisputed choice on the right side of the defence this term but Murphy believes the club should move forward with the versatile player approaching the final stages of his professional career.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Murphy said that there is a gaping hole at Old Trafford with the ageing Young and the club should consider a move for Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka, he said: “I do think this lad’s that special. I think right now we are blessed in that area. This Wan-Bissaka, unfortunately for Palace fans, maybe they’ll keep him another year, it won’t do him any harm at all playing more games and getting more experience. There’s a gaping hole at Man Utd for a right-back. Ashley Young’s done brilliantly, but he’s 34.”
Manchester United ace Ashley Young has heaped praise on the way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has worked with the players since taking charge of the club on the interim basis. The Norwegian was surprisingly handed the managerial role after Jose Mourinho’s dismissal last month but he has since answered his critics by guiding the team to four-straight league wins.
This has already brought about a positive reaction from a number of players within the United squad and Young joined in the act of approval saying: “I don’t think he (Solskjaer) has stopped smiling. He was like that as a player. He always has a smile on his face and I think that can reflect down on to the team, which is a good thing.Ole has come in and we were preparing in the right way for a game, even though it’s been a crazy week.”
Manchester United star Ashley Young has spoken positively about the progress of Diogo Dalot since his summer move from Porto. The Portuguese was the Red Devils’ second signing of the previous transfer window after arriving from Lisbon, but he had to wait until September to make his debut as he was still recovering from a surgery on a knee problem picked up at his former side.
Speaking to United’s official website, Young said that the youngster took some time to be integrated into the setup but he has since adjusted to the first-team surroundings with ease. He added to praise the short-term impact from the Portuguese, who has impressed with the initial impression on either side of the field.
England international Ashley Young is reportedly said to want a two-year contract with Manchester United which would keep him at the club until the age of 35. The attacker has transformed himself into a quality full-back over the past 18 months but his future with the club has been called into question with his current contract expiring at the end of the campaign.
According to The Sun, the 33-year-old is awaiting discussion over a new contract with United after proving a quality player under the guidance of Jose Mourinho. United have generally offered only one-year deals to players above the age of 30 but Young is hoping that the club buck the trend and issue him a two-year contract just like Marouane Fellaini during the summer.