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Ashley Young Wants Watford Return

Ashley Young
At 10-years-old, Ashley Young joined the Watford Academy. To this day, his heart lies at Vicarage Road.
Now a regular starter at Inter Milan, Young has expressed his desire to return to the club where he started his career.
The 35-year-old has been a regular at Inter since his arrival in January, but he would love to go back to where his career began.
“If I could go back and play [at Watford] again, I would walk from Italy right now because it’s what I know, it’s where I come from and it’s what allowed me to be who I am and get where I am,” he told the club’s podcast Golden Tales.

Return to Watford on the Mind of Ashley Young

Time With the Hornets

Young had had interest from bigger clubs during his late teen years but remained local to the Hornets. In the club podcast, he also said: “There was interest from West Ham at the time, there was interest from Aston Villa, there was talk of Tottenham.”

However, his response to the offers was: “No, Watford is my club, I don’t want to leave. I’ve just got promotion with a club I started at when I was 10, I’m not ready to leave”.

He didn’t make it to the pitch many times that season, appearing just five times and scoring three goals. For the majority of the season, Young didn’t even make it to the bench.

Young’s first full 90 minutes didn’t come until September 2004, once again when facing Millwall.

He featured 107 times in all competitions before he left for Aston Villa after four years with Watford.

After Watford

In January 2007, Aston Villa completed the signing of Young for a fee of £8 million – the highest the club had paid for a player at the time. He scored on his debut a week after signing.

During his time at Villa, he picked up plenty of Player of the Month Awards, as well as the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 2009.

The winger scored 39 in 190 appearances before transferring to Manchester United.

He had a prolific career at United until the later seasons when the fans turned against him, despite picking up the Club Captain title in August 2019.

Young joined Inter in January 2020 in a six-month deal and has been a key player for the Serie A side. The contract was followed up with another with a one-season extension. The defender is set to be staying in Milan until the end of the 2020/21 season.

“I loved everything about the club, to this day I love everything about the club. It’s what I say is home for me.”

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