Martin O’Neill admits that he is braced for approaches for Ashley Young.

The Aston Villa winger has been linked with moves to Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool over the course of the weekend.

“In the next couple of weeks I’m sure there will be great interest in Ashley, who has been fantastic for us,” O’Neill said in the Daily Mirror.

“I felt myself that his form last season was every bit as good as in the previous year.

“Not everybody agreed with that but I thought Ashley was different class.

“Our job is, first and foremost, to keep the players. If that is the case then that is great.

“If that is not the case then obviously we have to get that valuation that we put on players and get as close to it as possible.”

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