Ashley Young has paid tribute to former club Aston Villa, saying he has nothing but fond memories of his four-year spell in claret and blue.

During his time at Villa park, the England international developed into one of the most exciting and energetic wingers in the Barclays Premier League, and the 26-year-old has credited his former employers as having a big influence on his development.

"I can't say a bad word about Villa," said Young in an interview with FourFourTwo. "I only have fond memories.

"Everyone was brilliant to me - the chairman was fantastic but he could tell I was an ambitious person.


 

"I joined Villa to play in Europe and challenge the top four. We did that - we played in Europe and made the top six for three seasons in a row - but I just felt the time was right to move on."

Young's committed performances and 100 per cent efforts to the Villa cause, eventually earned him a move to reigning Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United.

But despite the intense media speculation that surrounded his future towards the end of his Villa career, Young insists he always gave his all for the club.

"I was concentrating on football all the time, nothing else, and that showed," he continued. "I was putting in good performances, even if the team were in the relegation mix for a while.

"Every time I put on that Villa shirt I would always give 100 per cent to try and get us up the table.

"I was asked 100 times if I was leaving but I was fully focused on football, certainly not my next move."

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