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May 23, 2011

Young wasn't waving goodbye - Villa

Aston Villa assistant manager Gary McAllister has moved to quash talk of Ashley Young leaving the Midlands club, insisting "we want to keep him".

• Villa wait on Houllier medical tests

Young was spotted waving to all four corners of Villa Park after being substituted late in the second half of Sunday's 1-0 victory over Liverpool.

The England winger's future has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks, with some terrific displays increasing the likelihood other clubs will come in for him in the summer. However, McAllister is remaining bullish, declaring the player will only leave if his valuation is met.

"He wasn't coming off waving goodbye because we want to keep him," he said. "I think people thought that was staged but his calf was screaming.

"We have to keep trying and a couple of signings here or there might help. I am sure there is interest because there has been a lot of speculation around Ashley for a long time now.

"Until such a time that someone comes in with a bid which is acceptable to Aston Villa then he is still a Villa player because he has a year left on his contract. But there is no way of me predicting how clubs will do their business."

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