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O'Neill Hints At James Milner Stay

Martin O'Neill believes James Milner will still give his all if he ends up staying with Villa.

O'Neill, said following our 2-1 friendly win at Walsall: 'There is no question that James Milner will continue to give his best if the deal doesn't go through.'

The comments follow 'amicable' talks at Bodymoor Heath on Tuesday, hours before the Walsall friendly in which Milner did not play.

O'Neill reminded us that it is Villa owner Randy Lerner will ultimately make the decision on Milner's future - 'I think the owner puts a price on players. Of course, he will have an idea on the price.

'Negotiations are being conducted by the Villa chief executive and the owner and I will be guided by them.'

Milner will be part of O'Neill's side thats set to compete in the Guadiana Cup against Benfica and Feyenoord this week.

O'Neill added: 'James loves playing and last season played when others wouldn't.

'That is why I have no concern in regard to his character and involvement with Villa.'

Not too sure what that means, 'played when others wouldn't' and don't really have the energy to try to read anything into it.

Seems to me there is definately a hint within O'Neill's words that Milner might stay. We will all know soon enough though, with only about 4 weeks left of the window.




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The Journalist

Writer: Dan Jones  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 28 2010

Time: 9:56AM

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Not another Barrygate please. He will go at the end of next season if he wants.
144wittonlane
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28/07/2010 10:08:00

He thinks the owner puts a price on players? Utter hogwash. Lerner isn't qualified to assess the value of footballers. He has his manager to do that. Lerner will have the final say on such matters, just as the Queen has the final say on legislation in this country, but our manager has the real power. Which explains alot really.
Albarnista
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28/07/2010 10:21:00

Ohh noo... again Barry. After this season he will leave for a cut price of 15 million... once again.
__villa__
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28/07/2010 10:33:00

can anyone confirm? Is it 3 years he has left on his contract? If it is we can comfortably "sit" til Jan AFTER next, and still get a fair price. By which point times may well have moved on, City may not want him any more, Villa may be offering Camps League football (lol) or Milner may have just simply grown up and realised there is more to life than cold hard cash? (like playing football every week!)
Gordon's Alive
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28/07/2010 11:11:00

But he has to go. We need the money. Without the Milner sale we're in the doo-doo. The few bob that Lerner might allow Mart to spend aint gonna cut it. Sorry state of affairs I know, but if we want to compete again this season, then cash has to be found, and cash has to be spent.
glensider
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28/07/2010 13:43:00

Yesterday we were asked 'what if we signed nobody?'. That would not be a disaster, in fact it could be just the sort of fillip the rising stars need. It would show complete confidence in them from the club. I expect Fonz, Marc, Delph, Licaj, Clarke and Weimann to get games next season. We may buy perhaps one or two players if the value is there, I just don't expect any big names coming in unless they are senior (30 y.o.) and inexpensive. CL here we come!!
andy5759
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28/07/2010 14:50:00

 

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