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Milner Saga: O`Neill Admits Jimmy`s City Wish?

Reports are coming out that Martin O`Neill has apparently admitted that James Milner wants to leave Aston Villa for Eastlands.

Whilst there are no concrete quotes from either the player himself, or the manager, a number of news sources are claiming that the Aston Villa. The 24-year old midfielder had a fantastic season in the middle of the park and now it appears that Roberto Mancini will finally get his man, for a price!

Villa have previously rejected a £20million bid for the England International, and it now appears sadly that it is a case of when, and how much, rather than if, Milner is to leave Birmingham.

Bye James, and thanks for at least two seasons of loyalty.

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Writer: Murph Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 22 2010

Time: 1:27PM

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He did it first to Newcastle and now us. He clearly sees no value in a contract!
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22/07/2010 13:31:00

Funny how quickly people think he's crap.
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22/07/2010 13:36:00

Get rid, hes not bigger than the club and hes not worth what city will pay. As long as the funds are spent well, this could be a good deal for Villa
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22/07/2010 13:43:00

murph - I'm not sure anybody's saying that he's crap, just that he's a bit of a disloyal little ****.
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22/07/2010 13:49:00

I'd take 25m for him.
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22/07/2010 13:50:00 BBC Northern Football Reporter - Quote from MO'N
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22/07/2010 13:55:00

I genuinely believe that we can replace him quite comfortably with many available central midfield players. I do not believe that the central position really suits his game 100% and will take at least 2 years to develop that position. There are many very good central midfielders who can come in and carry out a much better central role for us with 10 years experience playing in that position. This move may actually make Aston Villa stronger as a team and squad (available funds).
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22/07/2010 13:59:00

He's not crap, id love him to just disappointed with the player
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22/07/2010 14:06:00

Thank god, finally we can move on, his career will suffer, Aston Villa wont. Hope he breaks a leg in his first training session with city.
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22/07/2010 14:11:00

Not sure how much money we might have had available, but if we can milk Citeh for 25 Million, we can really do some shopping!! Trouble is, MON is not renowned for being a good shopper!!
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22/07/2010 14:15:00

Its gutting, hes a class talent and shows all the potential to take position as a world class talent and a regular in the England set up. But having said that, he is not worth 30m and if City want to conduct bad business then we will reap all the benefits from it. I think it does leave us with a big hole, if jimmy goes I want to see a CM an Attacking Winger and a striker.
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22/07/2010 14:17:00

two years loyalty! lol Murph. Best to get rid of him if he wants out though, can't argue with that, get the money and move on.
The Fear
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22/07/2010 14:24:00

I think this reflectes badly on Milner. This is the guy that couldn't get regularly into the Newcastle team that got relegated and yet this summer played for England as a starter in the World Cup! We bring him, build him up, and then he turns around and says he's off! Poor, really, really poor! He can be replaced, as long as we get decent value for him. I reckon he'll spend a lot of time on the bench at City also and it will serve him right!
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22/07/2010 14:27:00

Let's face it, it is O'Neill and his staff that have made Milner the player he is; although he has shown self-discipline and application far beyond that of most professional footballers. His loyalty has been only to himself and now he is off. I suspect he may well, in time, regret his move away given he has sufficient intelligence to fully assess the situation, which I doubt.
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22/07/2010 14:27:00

15 million plus Barry :-)
Holte End Hero
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22/07/2010 14:33:00

Think is as soon as we sell him, redknapp knows we've got 30 mill burning a hole in our pocket and he'll immediately up the price for Keane!
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22/07/2010 14:49:00

If we sell City our best players every summer then frankly I'm going to start losing interest in football altogether.
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22/07/2010 15:20:00

So sad to see a player with plenty of years left in him to follow the money rather than stay where he is getting his game and improving as a player. You can say "But at City he has a better chance of winning things" all you want, but look at whats happening there players are being bought at large prices one year and being replaced the next. If he goes because of the thought of money then he is very silly as he still has so long left in his career that he can make a ton of money and play too. I dont think this will help his FOOTBALLING career at all. OK we all want money but when you retire, do you look back at your career and have memorys of being on a bench watching important games or memorys of playing in important games?
Tallaght Villan
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22/07/2010 15:24:00

Milner's so P***weak he cries when he peels Onions ..
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22/07/2010 15:28:00

Take the money. Milner is a nice all-around player, but let's face it. He doesn't really have the speed to be a winger. He doesn't have the steel to be a defensive mid and he doesn't have the magic to be an attacking mid. He's a work-horse utility player - a very good one, mind you. In the end, he's not an all-world player, so why does Man City want him? Sell him and buy Landon Donavan - similar skill set at a fraction of the cost.
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22/07/2010 15:32:00

Good. Finally, confirmation of what we've all suspected for weeks. Lets get rid, and start looking after number one. It is obvious I think that without the sale of either James Milner or Ashley Young, that Martin was only going to have pocket change to spend. We need to reshape and rebuild the team, a few tweaks here and there, and we'll be ready for business. The Milner money will allow us to do that. It was dragging on too long, and we need to get active in the transfer market.
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22/07/2010 15:54:00

think Milner in the right midfield has the potential to be as good as Gerrard but hasn't got anywhere near it yet. Be a shame to see him go but if we can get close to 30M it will be a great deal for us.
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22/07/2010 16:15:00

City are apparently playing hardball and he may not go yet gents, depends how much they want him. This seems more of a case that they are just buying our best player so we can't have him. Only 25 players can be signed on for them till Feb. They've already got 43 on their website without him. Can't see him, Barry, Silva, Toure, De Jong, Michael Johnson playing every week anyway. That's not accounting for Bellamy or Tevez playing as a 5th midfielder/ in the hole. He is mad not to wait at least until next year when/if they get into the Champions League. If they do he may be warming the bench anyway as the next galactico turns up or they may not want him atall by then?!?!?! Saying that he will be a couple of mil poorer by then for staying with us....
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22/07/2010 16:33:00

Goodbye James. Thanks for the 8 months of running. Now let's find someone with flair AND loyalty, two qualities we could do with.
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22/07/2010 21:37:00

Well we have a replacement in Delph...(when he comes back from injury)
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22/07/2010 22:16:00


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