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Ashley Young: I don't want to leave Manchester United

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Manchester United winger Ashley Young has ruled out any possibility of leaving Old Trafford this summer, despite the fact his current contract expires at the end of next season.

The Red Devils wide-man is enjoying a new lease of life at the Theatre of Dreams under Louis van Gaal, having been converted from his favoured attacking midfield position to an unfamiliar wing-back role.

Young has been one of the stand-out performers during the Dutch coach's debut campaign in charge of the Premier League giants, leading to speculation the £115,000-a-week star is set to be offered a new and improved deal to extend his stay in Manchester.

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Talks have not taken place so far, but the 29-year-old insists he's not preoccupied by thoughts about his long-term future, suggesting he's just focused on performing as well as he can week-by-week with a view to breaking back into Roy Hodgson's national team squad in the future.

The former Aston Villa man has been in impressive form for Manchester United this term, and could be in contention for a Three Lions recall when the next squad is announced for forthcoming matches against Lithuania and Italy on Thursday.

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"Fingers crossed I can get myself back into the England team," Young was quoted saying by the Daily Mail. "I've always said that I want to represent my country.

"It's always an honour to play for England and hopefully I've done enough to get myself back in the squad."

Hodgson was in attendance at Old Trafford during Manchester United's emphatic 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday, and although Young didn't get himself on the scoresheet he caught the eye again with a series of marauding runs down the flank.

He last netted an 89th minute winner in the Red Devils' recent 1-0 win against Newcastle United at St James' Park, but has also improved the defensive side of his game after regularly being deployed in a deeper wide role.

All-round improvement

On speculation about an imminent offer of a contract extension from Manchester United, Young added: "That's down to the chairman and manager to speak about. I'm just concentrating on my football.

"I'm not thinking about the length of my contract. I just want to do well in every game that I'm picked to play."

And finally, when asked if he would consider a move away in the summer transfer window if an agreement cannot be reached, the rejuvenated star swiftly quashed any suggestion he'll push for an exit.

"Of course not. I'm a United player and I've got a year left on my contract."

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