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
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