Young happy to stay in second city

Aston Villa winger Ashley Young has moved to quash reports that he is set for a big money move this summer by pledging his allegiance to Martin O'Neill's side.

The 24-year-old has shot to stardom since helping Watford achieve promotion to the Premier League in 2006, with an £8 million move to Villa Park following in January 2007, where the livewire winger has since made 86 top-flight appearances and won five caps for his country.

Young's scintillating form, which helped the Villans threaten to gatecrash the 'Big Four' last season, has inevitably led to speculation tipping the youngster to move on to bigger and better things, with Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur all linked with the speedster, who netted nine goals in 2008/09.

While the arrival of left-sided specialist Stewart Downing from Middlesbrough only intensified rumours linking him with a move.

However, the PFA Young Player of the Year has now all-but ruled out any chance of him departing for pastures new during the close-season, after insisting he is happy to remain in Birmingham for the foreseeable future.

"It's flattering for me to be linked with such big clubs, but I'm an Aston Villa player, I'm happy here and I've got two-and-a-half years left on my contract," he told BBC Sport.

"If you look at when I came I set myself a lot of goals. I've achieved some of them, like getting into the England team, winning Player of the Month awards and being named the PFA Young Player of the Year.

"But there are still things that I want to achieve here. The club's on a high and on its way up and hopefully so am I, so I'm happy here."

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