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Milner Completes Move To Villa

Milner Completes Move To Villa

Aston Villa have confirmed the return of England Under-21 international James Milner to Villa Park.

Milner, who spent a season on loan to Villa during David O'Leary's reign and very nearly signed a couple of seasons ago when Martin O'Neill took the helm has finally signed a permanent deal for the claret and blues.

As we reported earlier, the 22-year-old completed a medical at Bodymoor Heath this morning and has since signed a four year deal.

Milner told the official site: 'A lot has happened at this club since I was last here and I'm obviously delighted to be back. I was so close a couple of years ago but now I'm back. We've got a new training ground and a lot of new faces - on the staff and in the playing squad. This is a club on the way up and things have got better and better every season since I was last here. It's an exciting time to be here. This is a great place to be now. There's lots of young English talent. The top-four are the top-four and Aston Villa are getting better and better. We should be challenging now and as we look to improve we will be challenging. We're in the UEFA Cup this season and hopefully we'll do well in that. The next step then is obviously the Champions League. That's what we're working towards.'

He also says that Martin O'Neill was a massive draw from him and admits he was ready to sign two years ago because of the Villa boss.

Milner came within minutes of joining Villa in Martin O'Neill's first summer at the club before being recalled by then Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder.

Adding, 'I'm obviously a lot more experienced than when I was last here but I'm still young and still learning. This is a superb place to be with the players, the manager and the coaching staff we have here. With the set-up that we have here now, if I can't become a better player with Aston Villa, I'm not going to develop anywhere.'

Great signing I reckon and so do another 68% who voted in our last poll which asked what you thought the Milner signing (yet to be done then) would be:

A great signing (68%)

A good signing (20%)

Would rather Shaun Wright-Phillips (9%)

An average signing (2%)

A poor signing (1%)

Unsure (0%)

So there you go, another good step to Villa pushing the top four.


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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Friday August 29 2008
Time: 1:34PM


Get in!!!!!! great times have changed as we continue buying teams best players as in milner,cueller,friedel,young etc etc. think arsenal and liverpool will definately be looking over their shoulders now. just goes to show never ever doubt MON. now to beat them scouse *****s on sunday now to round it all off. UTV
Belfast Villain
29/08/2008 13:43:00
Absolutely chuffed to bits with getting Milner - he's a player I've wanted us to get hold of every transfer window since the Barcodes recalled him from signing for us. Easily my first choice for our RW, and he should hopefully go straight in to the side for Sunday - no excuse at all for putting NRC there now...UTV!!!!!!!
29/08/2008 13:49:00
Not a bad signing but you've reportedly paid £10M!!! Surely that's way too much even with today's inflated prices? I'd have thought about £6M
29/08/2008 13:51:00
A good honest signing, bargain at 10million.
29/08/2008 13:55:00
Supply and demand bladeboy. If we had offered £6m then Milner would still be a barcode. Thing is, should he perform well in Europe then he is likely to get England recognition at senior level. Considering his age, that will probably raise his value to double what we paid. Even a £10m it is a sound football and business move.
29/08/2008 13:58:00
an old WWF reference. MON is like the mountie " he always gets his man" get in there now go stuff liverpoo on sunday.
29/08/2008 13:59:00
Was MON in Monaco when Milner put pen to paper? Would this mean that MOn has been out of the country for all our signings but Davies?
29/08/2008 14:00:00
Put it this way: If Milner's worth £10M, Barry's worth £30M!
29/08/2008 14:04:00
Two creative wingers who can score as well, looking forward to Sunday now with a bit more optimism.
chris the villan
29/08/2008 14:05:00
I think £10million for Milner will prove to be a snip. He's still only 22, but has more top flight experience than 70% of other teams' signings that have come from the continent (Spurs, anyone?), and in my opinion has more than enough potential to be a match for Ashley Young on the opposite flank. Big John shouldn't have many excuses for not bagging the goals now - he shouldn't be short of supply at least! Top notch signing, and he's only going to get batter.
29/08/2008 14:07:00
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