Ashley Young says he has fallen in “love” with Italy and is desperate to extend his stay at Inter Milan beyond this season.
Young, 34, left Manchester United in a shock £1.28million to Inter in January on a short-term deal after nine seasons at Old Trafford.
The former Aston Villa star made 261 Premier League appearances for United, scoring 19 goals, but his new challenge in Italy has got the winger-turned-defender wanting more.
Asked if he would like to remain with the Nerazzurri for at least one more season, he told Corriere Della Sera: “I want to stay and win. I’m learning the language, the people are very passionate. When you talk, you actually scream.”
Young has since featured in six games across all competitions for Inter, helping them compete for a first title since 2010, and they are in the latter stages of both the Coppa Italia and Europa League. It has been a successful move for the veteran, who credits Antonio Conte for convincing him to sign for the Serie A giants.
Young said: “When Conte called me, I immediately felt his passion, he transmitted it to me,” he said. “It was a good opportunity and I said: ‘I’m going there, I want to be part of something great.’
“He’s not sitting down for even moment, but seeing him like that is a boost for the players. He has a winning mentality, he is a born winner and a fighter.”
Inter lost 2-0 against title rivals and champions Juventus in a match behind closed doors at the Allianz Stadium just before the enforced break came into effect.
“We do the maths at the end of the season. Then it’s true, they beat us,” he added. “For a day, however, each of us can be what we are not, positive or negative.
“They certainly have more experience than we do.”