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Milner Not Singing Villa Toon

James Milner has all but ruled out a move back to Villa Park where he spent last season on loan.

Martin O'Neill tried to sign him before the summer deadline closed and Milner was actually at Villa Park when Freddy Shepherd, the Newcastle chairman, pulled the plug on the move.

Milner told the Telegraph: 'There are constant rumours about Aston Villa, but I think I'll still be here in January, I certainly hope so. When you're at a club like Newcastle you are going to get these sorts of rumours the whole time, but it doesn't affect me. I'm going to concentrate on Newcastle, playing my football and getting on with the job of getting us back up the Premiership table.'

'It's no secret that I'm enjoying myself here this season. You enjoy your football more when you're playing well and you play well when you're getting a regular run in the side. I'm getting that here. The manager's got tough decisions to make in midfield because we have a lot of quality in that area. You've got to play well to stay in the team, but I'm enjoying my football and I'm showing my best form. Hopefully I can continue to keep improving here.'

No worries, I'd rather Chelsea's Shaun Wright Phillips anyway!

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 4 2006

Time: 4:18PM

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Took the words right out of my mouth Fear. Milner is no great loss if we get SWP instead.
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04/12/2006 16:24:00

....but if we dont get SWP he would be just what we need. Plus he is flexible for both flanks and is still very young. I hope MON works his majic on this one.
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04/12/2006 16:48:00

We'll see. I wouldn't read too much into this
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04/12/2006 16:54:00

Milner has just proved he is an idiot and as for SWP Its likely he will go to West Ham not Villa
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04/12/2006 16:55:00

'its no secret that i'm enjoying myself this season' ???? what, your playing for an under-performing team who struggle to score and are in the bottom 3?? i think the cold weather is getting to him !! bring on SWP instead, he's a good player, but shaun's a different level
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04/12/2006 16:56:00

Why the hell has Milner just proved he's an idiot? Get real. Any player with more than 2 brain cells will say he is happy at his current club if asked. Why would he make life difficult for himself? Doesn't mean its true. I still think he'd sign for us if we had an offer accepted.
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04/12/2006 16:57:00

No I cant see SWP moving to B6 either, although if we could land him he'd certainly add the flair and excitement which we are so sadly lacking right now. As for James Milner, you never know. He's making the right noises to please the geordie element. If he remains at St James Park then good luck to him. We move on, so does he.
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04/12/2006 17:01:00

calm down dear it was only a statement I was just saying that he must be an idiot not to want to join Villa. I know there might be a bit of false in what he said but I was just having fun as a Villa fan
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04/12/2006 17:20:00

He's a good player and can get better but deep down, if he really wants to stay there, then let him be - if most of us had been treated like Newcastle treated him (and villa) then I don't think too many could forgive and forget. Always been a doubt in my mind that he'll always lack goals though and for someone who gets into the positions he does then that could cost.
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04/12/2006 17:36:00

ild rather have lennon! but swp will do
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04/12/2006 17:48:00

Any one remember Steve Foster? Said Brighton was the best club ever. 10 days later said he would walk to Birmingham to play for the Villa! Its all just words. His toon will change if they are relegated!
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04/12/2006 18:08:00

Come on guys, inject a touch of reality. Milner, like all modern football players, is a professional. He has to get on with those around him, like it or not. Do you seriously expect him to go around Newcastle with a long face, saying how pi**ed off he is to be there, and how he wishes he was at Villa Park? Even if the guy was secretly desperate to be at B6, he is under contract and has to play the game. Don't confuse what he says with what he is thinking. His thoughts and words MAY be the same, but then again they may not.
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04/12/2006 18:59:00

This way if he does move to Villa he can always say he "wanted to stay " but the club made the decision!
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04/12/2006 20:59:00

At the end of the day its paper talk, if Newcastle get a decnt offer he will be sold. One of the sundays had him as a makeweight for Bent at Charlton.
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04/12/2006 21:23:00

I don't rate Milner as a finished article, but if MON thought he could improve him fair enough. SWP would be overpriced and is overrated. Darius Vassell played better than SWP has for England and should never have been sold. I'm not saying DV should be back at Villa, our aims are higher now. But DV was sold for less than he was worth, while SWP will cost more than he is worth. Nugent from Preston with Gabby on the left and a rejuvenated Luke Moore on the right will do me. The vast improvement needed to Villa's attacking options will best come from buying 2 exciting wing backs who can defend and attack and start our football from the back.
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04/12/2006 22:32:00

We need quality - Milner's not bad and works hard but that's all. Will probably be playing in the Championship division in 3 years. Forget him.
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04/12/2006 22:59:00

I don't want him. Apart from the games against Small Heath I thought he was useless for us last season. Head down, never looks up, always has to try and beat a man, not very quick, useless crosser of a ball, need I go on? He hasn't improved from what I've see of him this season either. We should try everything we can to sign SWP.
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05/12/2006 08:13:00

Unfortunately stedol you could say that about every one of the Villa team last year... look where we finished and the poor performances week in week out. Not saying I want Milner but a different manager has made a big difference to a lot of players this year and maybe MON believes he can get something more out of Milner.
Hoss The Villain
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05/12/2006 08:53:00

I can understand why he is happy at Newcstle, playing week in week out? Newcastle doing well in the league? Working for a great manager? i could go on. Do you think maybe he has been told we are no longer interested??
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05/12/2006 08:54:00

We should go for a young player named Edu, currently at Lyn in Norway. He came to Lyn together with Mikel (Chelsea, best player U-21 world cup), but is now considered a better prospect. Barca, Arsenal etc. chasing him, need I say more..
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05/12/2006 10:07:00

Milner is an average player. Too predictable and VERY frustrating. I'd rather have SWP. If not we've got Gabby and hes better than Milner by far. O'Neill isn't stupid either, he knows who he wants end of story
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05/12/2006 12:39:00

Got to agree with villacross and stedol. Milner works hard but I think he lacks quality. He shone in a poor team last season and it's only recently that he's started performing to any sort of level for Newcastle. He doesn't have the ability to change a game, and that is what we need. Last season, my Newcastle supporting mates told me we could keep him, and they still don't rate him. We should pull out all the stops to get SWP
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05/12/2006 13:32:00

milner is average
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05/12/2006 13:39:00

I think he's a step in the right direction, we are not good enough yet to get world class talent, top player want champions league so hopefully a couple of years of gradual building with decent players like Milner we might be in a better position to get some star buys
chris the villan
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05/12/2006 15:57:00

Dosent score any goals and his assists ratings are poor (which is pretty much down to his woeful crossing). He works damn hard but MON will get any player to do that for the club i.i Gabby and Luke on the wings. I would go for SWP but his dad will have told him to go to West Ham (or Arsenal who will try and sign him in Jan) rather than move to Birmingham.
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05/12/2006 17:39:00

It gets me so angry to think someone might not want to join our mighty club.
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05/12/2006 21:35:00


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