Date: 9th January 2009 at 2:58pm
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It’s one thing Martin O’Neill speaking about the supposed interest from Real Madrid, but does it sound like Ash would be interested himself?

Speaking to the Daily Mail, our flying winger explained how happy he is at the club and the reasoning behind his early contract extension:

‘The other two boys had signed, John Carew and Gabby Agbonlahor.

‘You can just tell that the club is evolving and moving in the right direction.

‘I’m playing week in, week out. I might not get that elsewhere. The fact is I’m just delighted that I’m here. The manager and chairman have said that the club will kick on. And I believe it will.

‘The gaffer came to me and asked me about a new deal, but he didn’t have to do that. I had two years left. They didn’t need to come to me.

‘And he is one of the top managers in the Premier League, if not the world. He was one of the main reasons I joined the club. I want to repay him.’

Doesn’t sound like a player who would be at pains to leave the club does it, regardless of who comes knocking.