Ashley Young has rejoined Aston Villa on a free transfer from Internazionale. The versatile 35-year-old, who scored 38 goals in 190 appearances for Villa between 2007 and 2011, has signed a one-year contract.
“It feels amazing to be back – it feels like I’ve not left,” he told VillaTV. “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.”
Young, who won 39 England caps and travelled to Euro 2012 and the 2018 World Cup, joined Villa from Watford before leaving for Manchester United. He won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League at United before moving in January 2020 to Inter, where he won Serie A last season.
Young, who can operate at full-back or on the wing, has made 369 Premier League appearances. “When I heard of the interest from Aston Villa, it was straight to my agent: ‘Get a deal done, whatever you can, get a deal done,’” he said.
“I think someone said [about me], ‘He’s coming to the end of his career’, ‘He hasn’t got that hunger any more’, ‘He’s just going there for a swansong’ … That’s not me at all. I’ve still got that winning mentality, that winners’ attitude, that desire and hunger to go and win.”