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Exit For James Milner? Seems Likely Now? Updated

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.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 2 2010

Time: 9:58AM

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Loyalty does exist, in short measures; Raul, Matt Le Tissier, Martin Laursen, David Seaman, Ian Wright....oh, and Anelka - loyal to the bank!
koolbill
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02/06/2010 10:32:00

To add, Ireland, Micah Richards, nice. Add to that Bent or Kenwyne or even Bellamy for a bit of bite and we're looking good. I'd love Benayoun but MON doesn't seem to go for foreign flair....
koolbill
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02/06/2010 10:33:00

I feel sorry for Martin O'Neill on this one, he has helped make Milner the player he is today, and it looks like Milner is going to turn his back on us. Hopefully we will get a good replacement, Ireland or Benayoun please
young_jonah
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02/06/2010 10:35:00

I like Milly and don't want to see him go, but at the end of the day this is a win/win situation. Milner OR 30 million notes. Happy either way. I can see the Man City money really improving our team. MON will use it to continue to build a proper team as opposed to assembling a group of misfit, mercenary individuals like Mancini. Don't think the move will be gove for Milner's career though.
RoyalVilla
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02/06/2010 10:55:00

Why don't we wait and see what actually happens before either slating the player or saying we don't need him anyway? What the papers say is 90% utter garbage - how many times do you see speculative stories that end up being true? Whatever, in a few weeks we'll all know the true story, THEN we can all react ...
BobTheBuilder
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02/06/2010 14:01:00

 

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