Writer: J P Fear
Date:Wednesday June 2 2010
So following a meeting with the Club, it appears they were still not able to get any commitment moving forward from James Milner according to the press today.
There was a meeting with Chairman Randy Lerner, CEO Paul Faulkner and Martin O'Neill with the player to assure him of his future and of Villa's ambition but the midfielder wouldn't commit.
Shame, we can't really plan for next season with a player looking at options and considering bids that might or might not come in can we? We need to be able to move on and get a replacement if he is going. I guess from the players side he thinks his stock might rise after the World Cup if he features.
The press today are saying that Villa won't let him go for anything less than £30million with Manchester City the most likely to pay that sort of money, unless Chelsea do seriously decide they want him.
A report in The Daily Mail say that Villa were prepared to make James the highest paid player in our clubs history.
Best thing now is a quick bid from Man City for £20million but someone like Stephen Ireland who would basically be an instant replacement and we move on. IF (I say if, we've not had quotes) a player isn't 100% committed at this club, then fine, move on, no player is bigger than Aston Villa.
It will leave the manager, owner and us fans gutted though, it is MON who has brought him on to be a very good central midfielder and help him get to the World Cup.
Loyalty in football? Nope, don't think it exists!
UPDATE.... A report in The Guardian have people at Villa calling the talks 'positive'.
Birmingham Mail: Monday's meeting at the club's Bodymoor Heath training headquarters was described as "positive and productive" by all parties.
Date:Wednesday June 2 2010
Something For The Weekend (425) (Friday May 24 2013)
And Still More On Benteke, This Time Agent Denials (Friday May 24 2013)
Villa Hospitality Scoop The Main Awards - Again (Friday May 24 2013)
Last Season Was A Necessary Evil (Friday May 24 2013)
Eric Lichaj To Be Released? (Friday May 24 2013)
Lambert Answers Benteke. Another Undeserved Saga? (Friday May 24 2013)
The Villa Times - 23/05/2013 (Thursday May 23 2013)
The Vital Villa Player Of The Season Is... (Thursday May 23 2013)
Bumper Transfer News - SOME Inward! (Thursday May 23 2013)
New Contracts? Better Deals? It's Only Money!! (Thursday May 23 2013)
|1.||Pride of Lions||1075|
|Man Utd||3||-||0||Aston Villa|
|15. Aston Villa||38||10||11||17||-22||41|
|Wigan Athletic Season Review
» Wigan : 25/05/2013 07:00:00
|Stoke Man Of The Match
» Southampton : 24/05/2013 20:37:00
|Shaw This Can't Keep Happening To Luke
» Southampton : 24/05/2013 20:32:00
|Arsenal Close To £10m Williams Move?
» Swansea : 24/05/2013 20:04:00
|Liverpool: Werner hails 'Great Strategist' Rodgers
» Liverpool : 24/05/2013 19:37:00
|Liverpool: Robinson Gets England U21 Call
» Liverpool : 24/05/2013 18:03:00
|Something For The Weekend (425)
» Aston Villa : 24/05/2013 17:50:00