English Premiership

Milner to fight for City future

2014-07-24 14:26
James Milner and Kieran Gibbs (AP)

Cape Town - England international James Milner is rejecting the prospect of leaving Manchester City this season and wants to fight for future at the club.

According to the Guardian, Milner's contract expires at the end of the 2014/15 season and only then will the former Aston Villa player decide his long term future.

Milner is reluctant to leave Manchester City but many leading English Premiership sides are chasing his signature, including both Arsenal and Liverpool, and the club may explore the opportunity of cashing on him.

The English midfielder has enjoyed his time at the club since moving from Aston Villa in 2010 but limited game time under Manuel Pellegrini has thrown Milner's future at the club into doubt.

The champions of England are keen to see Milner sign a long term deal but Milner's lack of first team appearances, just 12 starts in the league last season, has the midfielder assessing his options.

Sources close to Milner have indicated that football rather than money will decide where the 28-year-old spends his future playing days. Milner reportedly spurned the opportunity to see what the management at City were going to offer him before he left for the World Cup, deciding that time on the pitch will be the guiding factor in his contractual negotiations.

The current position is that neither the player nor the club wishes to see him playing his football elsewhere but with Milner's stance on his future rather clear, it could be the player's fifth and final season at the club.


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