UK time is: 06:28:49
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Captain Courageous Will Not Be Sold In January

Gerard Houllier has again gone on the record to restate the clubs' desire to keep Ashley Young at B6 and has confirmed he will not be going anywhere in the January transfer window.

With constant speculation that Ash is a target for Spurs, Liverpool, Man Utd and even Arsenal at points on slow news days fans should have a little festive cheer that Ash categorically won't be sold next month.

In addition Houllier has implied that if a new deal can't be struck with the player in the summer then it's not beyond possibility that he will allow his contract to run down, and in order to get that extra time and benefit for the club out of the player, he believes Randy would be supportive of such action subject to the obvious proviso of a bid that is too good to turn down.

Quoted on the Birmingham Mail Houllier said:

'You may think that with him you are better and can finish in a better position. Let's wait and see, at the moment I can tell you that we'll assess that a bit later on. He won't go in January, he told us very clearly that he would like to end this season and see what he'll do and we respect that.'

Before adding:

'The club's will is to keep him. I'd keep him in until the end of his contract to keep the club developing. Obviously if somebody comes in with crazy money...'

Therein lies the rub. Some fans are delighted we secured the money we did for Barry and Milner given they wanted to leave, others think we should've run the contracts down and not cashed in.

The club are damned if they do and damned if they don't. Cash in with silly money and you hear cries of 'selling club' and 'selling your top stars' which is slightly ignorant of the fact that if a player wants out it's not a matter of if, it is purely when.

Hold a want away player to his contract and people will be harping about damaging dressing room spirit and not cashing in, especially if a players form dips.

What can't be disputed though is whether Houllier really wants Ash to remain at the club.

Speaking on the Official Site Houllier praised Ash's 'bravery and moral courage' in our last clash against the Baggies as he took the Captain's armband.

'He was a good captain. I can tell you why, he got an injury and he was sort of wobbling. For about four or five minutes I thought I was going to replace him. But I asked him and he said 'No, no, I'm staying on'. So that's a good captain.'

Gerard adds that if a captain has to be replaced on the pitch, it's because he's going straight to hospital. He also adds that having taken a knock given we were 1-0 up, Ash could easily have decided his work for the day was over.

Certainly not the words or praise you'd get from a manager if you weren't wanted at the club.

Vital Villa on: facebook

Vital Villa on: twitter

Join The Vital Debate




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 24 2010

Time: 10:18AM

Your Comments

I honestly cannot see Villa allowing Youngs contract to run out and feel that the summer will be make or break for young to stay or go.
oxfordspur
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Robinson Loaned To Preston (Tuesday September 16 2014)

Hutton - I Want To Take This Opportunity (Tuesday September 16 2014)

Bombshell - Hutton Signs Three Year Deal (Tuesday September 16 2014)

Senderos In Team Of The Week Nod (Monday September 15 2014)

Benteke Returns To Full Training (Sunday September 14 2014)

Stats: Liverpool v Aston Villa (Saturday September 13 2014)

Something For The Weekend (465) (Friday September 12 2014)

Lambert On Gabby & Cleverley (Friday September 12 2014)

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. ClivetheVillan 427
2. Pride of Lions 418
3. The Fear 405
4. Villan Of The North 191
5. DeanoVilla 189
6. mike_field 187
7. kefkat 176
8. sirdennis 150
9. lewis1980 135
10. Juan Mourep 88

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 4 4 0 0 +9 12
2. Aston Villa 4 3 1 0 +3 10
3. Swansea 4 3 0 1 +3 9
4. Southampton 4 2 1 1 +5 7
5. Man City 4 2 1 1 +3 7
6. Spurs 4 2 1 1 +2 7
7. Arsenal 4 1 3 0 +1 6

Breaking League News

Arsenal Blitzed!
Arsenal : 16/09/2014 23:28:00
Arsenal : 16/09/2014 21:56:00
Liverpool: LFC vs. Ludogorets Razgrad Team News
Liverpool : 16/09/2014 19:02:00
Robinson Loaned To Preston
Aston Villa : 16/09/2014 18:28:00
Who Will be Between the Sticks v Schalke?
Chelsea : 16/09/2014 17:51:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Liverpool MotM
Suggested By:  A very happy MF
Guzan 6%
Senderos 34%
Cissokho 3%
Baker 41%
Hutton 2%
Delph 1%
Cleverley 1%
Westwood 3%
Agbonlahor 8%
Weimann 1%
Richardson 0%
Sub - N'Zogbia 0%
Sub - Sanchez 0%
Sub - Bent 0%