Hutton: What the backroom staff told me about Young amid Aston Villa return
Alan Hutton has insisted it was a “no-brainer” for Aston Villa to re-sign Ashley Young on a free transfer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Villa defender revealed just how popular the 35-year-old remained after his exit in 2011.
Villa confirmed last week (June 17th) they had agreed a deal to sign Young on a free transfer when his Inter Milan contract expires.
He spent over four years as a Villa player after joining from Watford in January 2007.
Hutton, who arrived the summer Young left the Villans, revealed the backroom staff only had positive things to say about the returning star.
Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “He was a really popular figure. You knew that just with the conversations that you had with the backroom staff, masseurs, all those kind of people.
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“We all know how good a player he is and what he offers on the field but off the pitch was just as good. You know me, I’ve always been one to say that you need experience within your team.
“We know Villa are building a young, hungry team to move forward over the next four or five years. Still, I think you need that experience.
“He was the Manchester United captain, played with Inter Milan and won Serie A. He’s got a wealth of experience there. For a free transfer, why wouldn’t you want someone like that within your team?
“There was lots of interest in him, you just knew that was going to happen.
“Villa has got a place in his heart, I would like to think. I’ve been there, I know what it’s like, so it’s a no-brainer to bring him back.”