Ashley Young signs new three-year contract to stay with Manchester United

Young has become one of Louis van Gaal's favourites

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Ashley Young has ended talk of his future by committing to Manchester United for at least the next three years.

The 30-year-old winger had been linked with a move away, with Tottenham reported to be leading the chase, as he entered the final season of his previous deal.

The winger became one of Louis van Gaal's favourites at Old Trafford, filling in a variety of roles for the Dutch manager last season.

"I am delighted to have signed a new contract," Young said.

"The spirit and motivation amongst this team is very high and we are all determined to make this a season to remember. All I have ever wanted to do is play football and to be able to continue to do that at the biggest club in the world means everything to me and my family."

Young has scored 13 goals in 115 appearances since joining United from Aston Villa in 2011, helping them lift the Premier League title in 2013.

He played in a number of positions last year, deployed at wing-back when Van Gaal used a 3-5-2 formation, and kept his place ahead of the now departed record signing Angel di Maria once a 4-3-3 formation was adopted.

Van Gaal added: "We are delighted that Ashley has signed a new contract. Ashley is a very multi-functional player. He took to the wing-back position with great confidence and flourished on the wing throughout last season. Ashley is always very professional and has a great presence in the dressing room. "

Additional reporting from PA