Ashley Young’s future at Manchester United is up in the air as talks over an extension have stalled, according to the Daily Star.
The 30-year-old now has under 12 months to run on his current deal – a five-year contract he signed when he joined the club from Aston Villa back in 2011 for a fee of £17m (via BBC).
A number of injury problems hampered his career during David Moyes’ tenure, but he fought back to see off competition from record signing Angel di Maria under Louis van Gaal last term.
And following on from a string of new deals for the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Michael Carrick, many believed Young would be in line for an extensions himself, only for it not to happen.
“A lot of people thought I had it [a new deal] done but I haven’t,” said Young. “It’s in the club’s hands now, so I will have to see how it goes.
“I’m desperate to stay. I’m at one of the biggest clubs in the world so I want to stay here as long as possible. That’s exactly what I want to do.
“I’ve had conversations with the club. I hope we can sort things out. There have been preliminary talks but I’ll leave my agent to take care of that. Will the contract be sorted soon? You’ll have to ask the club that.”
The Daily Star goes on to report that one of the factors holding talks up could be the length of the deal that United are willing to offer. Having just turned 30, Young may only be handed a one-year extension to keep in line with the club’s policy of not offering long term deals to players over that age.
But Young also knows that though his form saw a dramatic upturn last term, he cannot count on anything for certain, especially now that he faces competition for a spot in the side from new signing Memphis Depay.
“I was delighted with how things went last season. But that was last season, this is a new season and I have to take the confidence I had and build on it again,” he added.
“These days you have to be able to play in one or two positions and last season the manager wanted me to play as a wing back. I think I adjusted to that well.
“I have had to slot in to different positions for him. Last season I even ended up at left-back and that is new for me but I know I can go out there and do a job.
“I’m intelligent and have a good football brain and can read the game so whatever the manager wants me to do I will do.
“I am a player who wants to be playing every week. I’m getting to the back end of the age scale and I am beginning to feel it – but I still want to play every week.”
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