O’Neill expects interest in Young

Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill says that he expects a fresh wave of interest in wide man Ashley Young in this summer’s transfer window.

The Derry man has already resigned himself to losing James Milner following a relentless effort from Manchester City to sign the England player.

O’Neill is full of praise for the 25-year-old winger, who can also be deployed as a second striker, and would not welcome any offers.

“In an ideal world, I’d rather keep the players,” said O’Neill. “I’m sure in the next couple of weeks there’ll still be great interest in Ashley Young as well, who has been fantastic for us.”

O’Neill admitted that he cannot force any of his players to stay at Villa Park if a big club expresses an interest and the player wants to leave, but warned that he will not let any of his star names go on the cheap.

“Our job first and foremost is to try to the best of our ability to keep the players,” said O’Neill. “If that’s the case, then that’s great, if that’s not the case, then obviously we have to try to get the valuation that we put on players, or get as close to it as possible.”

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