Davies stresses Young's importance

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Curtis Davies believes it is crucial Ashley Young signs a new contract for Aston Villa after hailing him as the club's "most important player".

Villa manager Martin O'Neill is keen for Young, who still has nearly three years remaining of the deal he signed when making the £9.65million move from Watford, to sign an improved long-term contract - a view echoed by defender Davies.

"How good is Ashley Young? He is one of the best players. Here we have got some good players but he is our most important," said Davies.

"He is the one that is going to make something happen. He is only lightweight but when he gets on the ball he never looks like he is going to get pushed off it and lose it.

"If we didn't have him, we would be a different team. He means that much to us.

"It is crucial that he signs a new deal. We've managed to get a good core of young English players together and, if we can get Ashley to sign on for another few years, it is going to be a massive boost."

Davies added: "Would I swap Ashley for any other winger? Not at the moment. You can talk about people like (Cristiano) Ronaldo but, the way Ashley plays, with a right foot and a left foot, I don't think anyone can cope with it.

"He can actually take it down with his left foot and whip in a ball. He is looking good."

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