Is Ashley Young trying to ‘do a Rooney’ over new contract?
Revisionist historian puts negotiations on ice
Ashley Young has called a very public halt to contract talks at Aston Villa, claiming he will instead review the situation at the end of the season.
The 25-year-old shelved plans for a new four year deal, telling The Sun last night:
I’ve told the people at Villa that I won’t be signing a new contract at the moment.I know they want to get it done now but my current deal still has a year to run after this season and I feel there is plenty of time to talk next summer.
However, the winger claims he is still perfectly happy at Villa Park and only wants to postpone talks to ‘avoid distraction’ (because eliciting days of media speculation is, of course, the best way to do that.):
I want to stress that I have no problem with Aston Villa. I love the fans and I’m very much enjoying my football.
I want to concentrate on what’s happening on the field and don’t want to get distracted.
It’s a big season for me and I’m hopeful there are good times ahead under the new manager.
Is Ashley trying to wangle some extra coin… or does he really have one eye on the door?
*hides from the Ashley Young Defence League*