Ashley Young reveals Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte tried to sign him for Chelsea – and says he has settled in well in Italy on the left wing after leaving Manchester United
Ashley Young says Antonio Conte was ‘fundamental’ in his choice to swap Manchester United for Inter Milan and revealed he tried to sign him at Chelsea.
The 34-year-old ended a near nine-year stay at Old Trafford this month as part of the Premier League invasion of Serie A.
He is one of three players to move to the San Siro from England in January alongside Christian Eriksen and Victor Moses.
Ashley Young has opened up on his decision to leave Manchester United for Inter Milan
He insists that manager Antonio Conte was ‘fundamental’ in making his mind up
And, if Conte had had his way, it would not have been the first time they’d linked up together.
‘It was fundamental in the choice to come here’, he told Sky Sport Italia.
‘He already wanted to take me with him to Chelsea: he is a fantastic manager, who has the ambition to win trophies and it is also for me. Inter is a monument, one of the the first clubs in the world where the goal is to win trophies.’
And Young insists he is enjoying a new lease of life in Italy: ‘I feel very well, I immediately felt at ease: the staff and team-mates welcomed me well. Here it is easy.
Young reveals that Conte almost brought him to Chelsea when he was manager there
‘I wanted to have a new experience, United wanted to wait for the summer but I took the opportunity to come immediately. I think it is important for a player to face a new challenge, a new chapter in his career. ‘
Young has become first choice on the left-hand side of Conte’s 3-5-2 system.
His athletic freshness has impressed the staff, despite him entering his mid-thirties.