O'Neill threat to quit Villa if Young is sold
Published 22:30 24/07/10 By Paul Smith
Martin O’Neill will consider his future at Aston Villa if there is any attempt to sell Ashley Young behind his back.
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has put Young at the top of his shopping list but fears Villa’s valuation of the player is likely to put paid to any interest.
Tottenham are also reported to be tracking the 25-year-old England international.
O’Neill is ready to allow James Milner to join Manchester City if they meet Villa’s near £30 million valuation, but the Irishman would give serious thought to quitting Villa if Young is sold against his wishes.
A source close to O’Neill said: “Martin intends to build on Villa’s from last season and the sale of key players at the club would severely undermine his ambitions.
“Young is priceless to Martin and if there was any attempt to enter into negotiations over his sale behind his back he would feel completely undermined and put in an untenable situation at the club.
“The Milner situation is completely different. He has two years left on his contract and intimated that he wants to leave and has no intention of signing a new deal at Villa Park.
“It makes financial sense for Villa to consider selling him.”
Despite interest in Young the player has already intimated he wants to stay at the club and is willing to sign a new deal.
Young said: “If an offer comes about I’m more than happy to stay at the club.”