Aston Villa winger Ashley Young has signed a contract extension and claimed the ambition of the club was key to his new deal.
Young, who rejoined Aston Villa on an initial one-year deal last summer, turns 37 this week but has extended his stay by a further 12 months.
The former Manchester United player looked set to move on earlier in the summer with former club Watford interested in his services. But on the day that Villa returned to pre-season training, Young penned a new deal.
His versatility and experience will be crucial for Gerrard. And Young says the ambition of the manager helped him to decide to stay.
“It was the ambition of the club, the manager, the staff and the players as well,” he told avfc.co.uk.
“I got to know the staff and the players really well last season, and I wasn’t ready to go into retirement just yet.
“When I spoke to the manager towards the end of the season, he told me what he thought about me and that he wanted me to stay.
“He was a massive factor.”
Young happy with ‘journey’
Asked about Gerrard’s regime, he said: “I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s been a good journey, a bit up and down last season but when a new manager comes in halfway through the season it’s going to be tough.
“It was tough at times but we had good times as well and that was a factor in it. His ambition is to get us back into Europe, where I believe the club should be.
“That was a massive draw for me. I’ve enjoyed every minute of working with the manager and I’m delighted to have signed another year to continue working with him.”
Young made 25 appearances last season for Villa, including 10 Premier League starts.
The former England star was used in a whole host of positions by Gerrard including left-back, central midfield, left-wing, right-back and right-wing.