Date: 3rd September 2008 at 8:48pm
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Martin O’Neill has denied weekend reports that Ashley Young had signed a new deal at Villa Park, stating, negotiations are on going.

Must admit I knew O’Neill had talked about extending his contract, but I must have missed reports saying he’d signed one. then again I’ve slept since then and gone back on the wagon and everyone knows I remember more when, well than than sober.

Speaking to the Mail, O’Neill said:

“Nothing has been agreed but we are in negotiation.

“I can spend the next week-and-a-half dealing with the issues I have wanted to deal with.

“That means looking at the players who have got two years or less and those who I would like to keep at the football club.

“The best time to do it is to open those negotiations now. I have already spoken to Ashley`s agent, so we will see where we go.

“I am hoping he is enjoying himself well enough here and that he would like to stay. He still has three years left to run. So it is not a major problem.”

After the failure of Steve Sven Capello to realise Heskey isn’t actually Young, O’Neill added:

“I am surprised but his time will come, Ashley would not be worrying himself about it – not at all.

“If and when England qualify for the World Cup I am sure he will be on the plane to South Africa. He will be an old man by then though. He`ll be at least 24!”

A 24 year old Ashley Young, blimey how these nippers grow!