Date:Thursday May 20 2010
After apologising to Richard Dunne (spot the Man City connection), Stu gives his thoughts on the pathetic bid for Milner.
After Manchester City bid £20m+ for James Milner I decided to try & analyze the situation. And it's good news ...
First of all, the bid itself. £20m. A lot of money, but in my opinion Man City have every intention of going higher with their bidding, probably to the £30m that a lot Villans say they would start to listen to. Around 16 or so months ago Manchester City bid £12m for Santa Cruz only to get their man for £18m a few months later. And in the same summer, Man City opened up the bidding for Joleon Lescott at £15m and eventually got him for £24m.
So as far as the bid itself goes, if Man City really want James Milner I think they will eventually stump up the money that Villa will demand.
So after the bid has (eventually) been agreed the question is, would James Milner want to go? He`d certainly want to speak to them about the 'project`. The thing with Milner is, or the impression I get is, he isn`t motivated by the money. Don`t get me wrong, it`s always nice to have more, but anyone who has an idea of the lad would feel confident guessing his first question to Man City wouldn`t be "How much am I going to get paid after tax?"
He`d be asking questions like, will he play regularly? Will it help his England prospects? Will he win things? Would it be the right place to grow as a player?
I can`t predict what reassurances Man City could offer him at this moment in time in regards to the above questions, but I`m sure when he was talking to Martin O`Neill back in August 2008, Aston Villa ticked every single box.
At Villa Park he does play regularly, it has helped his England prospects, our progress in the Cups proves he has every chance of winning things & for the first time in his career, he is in a settled environment where he can just do what he loves, play football.
Maybe all James needs to do is talk to Richard Dunne & Gareth Barry about their impressions of the current Manchester City regime.
Gareth Barry was assured Mark Hughes` position was safe when he signed, only to see him replaced just 6 months later with Roberto Mancini.
And Richard Dunne, well, let`s just say after 9 years of loyal service he deserved a lot better from them, and their treatment - just because "Richard Dunne doesn`t exactly roll off the tongue in Beijing."
The fact that Manchester City tabled the bid before the most important summer of his career cannot go unnoticed. Unsettling not only the player and his club, but also his national team`s preparations before a major tournament really does leave a bad taste.
The people running the Sky Blue`s seem to lack any class, as the higher ups at Tottenham, Everton and even Leeds will all agree.
Back in August 2008 was the third time Milner had been to Bodymoor Heath to sign contract papers with Aston Villa so there must be something about the place he likes.
I hope he stays and I feel pretty confident that the summer of 2010 will be the fourth time he signs contract papers with ASTON VILLA.
(Although I have been wrong in the past, see 'Apology To Richard Dunne`)
Date:Thursday May 20 2010
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