Ashley Young cited his fondness for a former club and ambitions of European football as key reasons for his Aston Villa move.

Burnley were interested in bringing the winger to Turf Moor this summer but the former England international has returned to Villa Park on a free transfer.

Signed from Inter Milan and fresh from a Serie A title winning season, the soon to be 36-year-old looked set for a move to the Clarets - with a one-year deal and option of a further put on the table.

But his former club Villa then swooped in and lured him back to the club he played over 150 times for, prior to his switch to Manchester United in 2011.

Burnley are in the market for reinforcements and saw Young as an option both out wide and at full back.

A return to Villa was simply too tough to compete with.

“It feels amazing to be back; it feels like I’ve not left,” Young told VillaTV. “I’m just delighted to be back; seeing some old faces, being back at the training ground, seeing the facilities and how well they’ve grown.

“You can see how much the club has evolved since my time and I’m just ready to get down to work now.

“I had an unbelievable time out there (in Italy) but I think I always had it in my head that I wanted to be back in England.

"When I heard of the interest from Aston Villa, it was straight to my agent: ‘get a deal done, whatever you can, get a deal done’.

“Watching from afar, seeing the squad, how well they did last season, how well they’ve been doing. The staff, the manager, how the players want to play for him; they’ve got that hunger, he’s got that desire, that winning mentality.

“And, for me, I know I’ve got that winning mentality.

"This club is massive, this club should be in Europe year-in-year-out and that is what the manager is building. You can see it from the outside, speaking to the owners, everybody affiliated wants European football.

"When I see the squad here, the staff and the players, to have the opportunity to join this club again is fantastic for me."