Ashley Young has reportedly turned down Manchester United’s offer of a contract extension as he looks to join Inter Milan.
The 34-year-old is in his ninth season at Old Trafford but becomes a free agent in the summer and has been in advanced talks to complete a move to the San Siro. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told United that intends to keep hold of Young as he wants to strengthen rather than weaken his options this January, especially with so many defenders out injured.
United subsequently offered Young the chance to renew, but the experienced England international has made it clear that he wants to leave the club in the coming weeks. According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Young has personally informed Solskjaer that he has no interest in signing a new deal as he sees his immediate future in Italy.
Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte has kept close tabs on Young for some time and even tried to sign the full-back when he was Chelsea manager two years ago. The report claims that it’s now ‘just a matter of time’ before Young joins the Serie A giants. Young was left out of United’s squad which lost to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, but Solskjaer played down rumours that he could be on his way to Inter.
‘Tonight’s not the night to talk about players leaving because we need the players that we have in the squad,’ the Norwegian said. ‘And we’ve got a few months left of this season, we can’t weaken ourselves we need to strengthen ourselves if any movement is going to happen.’ Asked whether Young’s move could happen in the summer, Solskjaer replied: ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about, you’ve got to ask Ash. ‘For me it’s about focusing on the next game and tonight.’
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