Aston Villa play down talk of Ashley Young sale

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Aston Villa's caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald has played down talk of England winger Ashley Young being set to leave Villa Park to join Tottenham Hotspur.

The 25-year-old has been linked with interest from Spurs for some time, but MacDonald is hopeful that nothing will come of this link.

He said after the 1-0 win at home to Everton:"We've not had any contact from Tottenham for Ashley Young, nothing at all. We've not had any bid from them at all.

"Clubs are going to be coming in for some of our top players because one or two of them have been tremendous.

"They have shown some great form at the start of this season. I would like to think the club wouldn't sell them, but who knows. If it was down to me, I wouldn't sell them.

"I think if the club says it is a sell to buy club, we have to develop those younger players quicker and better.

"But we also need to keep the club progressing to keep all your senior players keen and interested in trying to win things.

"We want to still be forcing ourselves into Europe, having good cup runs, because that is the nature of football."

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