BBC journalist explains why Ashley Young has turned down new Man Utd deal

Ashley Young’s exit from Manchester United appears to be getting closer.

According to Sky Sports, the 34-year-old has turned down a one-year contract extension to remain at Old Trafford, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still keen to keep him for his versatility and experience within the squad.

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But, as reported by BBC Sport journalist Simon Stone, Young has turned down United’s advances as he wants to play more regular first-team football.

Young is said to be excited by the prospect of playing Serie A football, and will be linking up with former United teammate Romelu Lukaku if he does make the move to the San Siro.

We presume Young has been given assurances of a more prominent first-team role by Inter manager Antonio Conte.

Conte’s side currently sit joint top with Juventus in the league and the move would be a great challenge for Young who is now in the twilight of his career.

Young has been a good servant for United in his eight years at Old Trafford and is currently club captain.

But he has fallen behind Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams in the full-back pecking order and it seems inevitable that he will leave the club.