Premier League veteran Ashley Young may have played his last game for Aston Villa on Sunday.
Young played the closing minutes as Villa lost 3-2 to Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium.
The Englishman, who spent four years at Villa earlier in his career, returned to the Midlands outfit last summer on a free transfer after leaving Inter Milan.
However, he only signed a one-year deal, believed to be worth £50,000 per week.
The 36-year-old needs to play seven more games to reach 400 Premier League appearances.
He’s turned out 215 times for Villa overall, scoring 37 goals and laying on 61 assists.
As Young prepared to enter the fray, The Athletic’s Aston Villa correspondent Gregg Evans took the opportunity to provide an update on his future.
“In other news: Ashley Young coming on for #AVFC.
“Could it be his last game in a Villa shirt? Villa would like to keep him on, but he’s out of contract soon.”
It remains to be seen whether the Englishman grants the club’s wish by penning an extension.
Young featured in 24 matches over the course of the campaign, ten times from the start and 14 times off the bench.
His versatility has proven to be an asset for the Villans, with Dean Smith and Steven Gerrard both able to deploy him up and down the left flank, in central midfield and even on the right.
In the autumn, Gerrard said that Young had been ‘perfect’ and labelled him a ‘standards-setter’.
Much may depend on whether Villa are proposing a significant pay cut, and whether Young is happy with this level of involvement as he comes towards the end of his career.
In other news, Villa have been watching this defender.
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