The Manchester City hierarchy are now beginning to worry they will lose midfielder James Milner on a free transfer as The Guardian report that new contract talks continue to stall. Despite interest from the Premier League, Milner could also be tempted to either Italy or Spain.
James Milner is 29-years-old and was thought to be unhappy at the Etihad Stadium as he found game time difficult to come by. However in recent months Manuel Pellegrini has shown Milner how he values him with starts in midfield and even in the “false number 9” role up front. Milner though is considering his options with plenty of offers from club around Europe.
Milner began his career with Leeds United. He graduated their youth academy making 48 league appearances for the club, via a loan with Swindon Town. After that Milner moved on to Newcastle United for £3.6m due to financial issues at his boyhood Leeds. At Newcastle Milner featured in 94 league ties, including a 27 match loan at Midlanders Aston Villa. The move was made permanent in August 2008 for £12m and played 73 Premier League games, earning the interest of Manchester City.
At Manchester City he has played in 117 Premier League fixtures since making the transfer for £26m in August 2010. The 53 capped England international wants assurances about playing time before he commits again to the Citizens but with Liverpool and Arsenal both desperate for his signature. Milner now will be considering a move to either La Liga and Serie A too.
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