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'He Intimated That He'd Like To Go' - O'Neill

'He Intimated That He'd Like To Go' - O'Neill

Martin O'Neill has confirmed that James Milner does want to move the Council Stadium of Manchester City.

As covered earlier Martin O'Neill was speaking to the press after landing in sunny Dublin ahead of our Bohemians friendly on Sunday and confirmed that Milner was off as long as the price was right.

'I had a conversation with James before the World Cup and he intimated he'd like to go. City made an offer but it did not meet our valuation. I'm sure matters will be resolved soon.'

Milner is not with the lads in Dublin after being given a bit more time off to recover following the World Cup disaster and will be back in training next week, however I'd now be very surprised if we saw him back in the claret and blue for any friendly action given Monny has now confirmed his desire to leave.

We all know a bid of £20 million was turned down in May, and the press speculates that we are holding out for a fee in the region of £30 million which would be a remarkable return financially on the player.

What hasn't been confirmed, although it's potentially likely, is that Milner is quietly forcing the issue and has handed in a transfer request. Least his 'intimation' to leave could certainly be considered a request.

In one way that seems a shame because as if their was an ounce of loyalty left in the game Milner is the sort of lad you'd expect it from, but on the other it's pleasing that he's in effect doing it the right way - if there can be one. He hasn't kicked a fuss up in the press, he's obviously been honest with O'Neill and given the suffering of the Barry saga at least Milner has helped keep this issue simpler and more straight forward - at least from Villa's perspective and O'Neill has been able to plan all summer for his departure.

City will know what we want, they obviously also know Milner wants to join them...the only sticking point is whether they are prepared to meet our valution and if so, how long will they drag their heels.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Thursday July 22 2010
Time: 4:08PM

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If we don't sell to City, they can buy someone else, and we'll be stuck with an asset that will diminish in value. We will have to be realistic and grown up about this, and accept Man City's final offer, which will be perfectly reasonable anyway, given their first offer was £20m. To get hung up on a figure of £30m would be absurd. Milner is worth no more than what Man City are willing to pay, and the reality is that he isn't really worth whatever that figure is, because Man City have to pay through the nose.
Albarnista
22/07/2010 16:15:00
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A shame for you if he leaves, but at the same time 30 mil is a lot of money... If you can sell him for that I think it'd be good business and O'Neill will have replacements in mind.
Spursnomad
22/07/2010 16:18:00
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If this happens, then it just shows how money can affect people. If anyone was going to be turned by the cash i would have thought it be Ashley Young. But fair play to him, he recognises it is MON who has helped his career to date and understands he still has a lot to learn. If Milner (like Barry) doesn't see it that MON had such a positive affect on his career, he can leave. Don't want a player who doesnt wanna play for us.
AndyFC
22/07/2010 16:36:00
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We only spent 12 mil on him, we won't lose 30 mil!!!! He will still be worth a great deal of money next year and we aren't paying him megabucks so it's in his best interests to sign a deal with us or them ASAP even if he has a getout clause with us etc.
Villan444
22/07/2010 16:48:00
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The only way we should sale is if Heskey's included as part of the deal :)
SchoolBoyError
22/07/2010 17:53:00
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Let's just hope City don't hold out till the end of the transfer window which gives us no time to buy a replacement or 2....30 mil plus 15 mil we were going to get anyway is 45...not a bad transfer kit. If we could buy 3 15 mil first team players - that'd be a pretty great summer...Creative midfield, striker and...?
los_angeles_villan
22/07/2010 17:54:00
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Why do we need money? We've got a billionaire chairman for Pete's sake....who cares about £5-10 mil either way???
olofthegreat
22/07/2010 18:10:00
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i would sell him, buy some decent players ABROAD and while we start being the best of best, milner will be bathing in his greed with people starting to realise that he is a complete and utter fool. if he stays, good for him but i wont look at the same way again
Avfc94 we do
22/07/2010 18:45:00
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Now is the time to cash in on him, this time next summer with only twelve months left on his contract, we'd probably only get back the 12m that we paid Newcastle United for him. We will hopefully get around 25m for him, which would be excellent business, and give Martin O'Neill the money to play with in the transfer market, money that otherwise would have been denied him. Where did you get it from los_angeles_villan, that Lerner was going to stump up 15m for MON to spend? I somehow doubt that very much. O'Neill would have been lucky to receive pocket change without offloading players first, and only by selling Milner or Ashley Young would MON have received the sort of cash needed to reshape the team for another assault on the games domestic honours. Lets hope now that the transaction can be completed without further delay. We ourselves need to get active in the transfer window without further delay. I dont agree with selling our best players to finance incoming transfer dealings, it is not the way forward, but sadly it appears that that is currently the name of the game at Villa Park.
glensider
22/07/2010 19:43:00
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Well here we go again. Barry wanted away for the money now Milner .he came to us and Martin O'Neill gave him all he has achieved at villa and this what we get, there is only 1 motive in all this MONEY. My wish is we get the best deal and then its bye bye. The deal I would like is Bellamy, Ireland, Onuoha + 5 Million the Barry and Milner talk all about there millions .Milner you disgust me and I thought you would never turn into a turn coat .Good Luck and good Riddance
apache
22/07/2010 19:56:00
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