Guardian: Milner aims to rebuff "boring" tag
- 03 June 2014 07:36
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC
I’m sure most visitors to mcfc.co.uk will have read some of the tweets or at least heard of the spoof Twitter profile “Boring James Milner” – a popular parody account that amuses it’s quarter of a million follower with updates ‘from’ the England winger on an array of menial subjects.
The man himself has grown wearily accustomed to his unfair tag as a conservative choice; a player noted more for his graft and determination than his flair, however in an interview doing the rounds this morning, Milner insists he can brush off his ‘boring’ moniker at the World Cup.
““The opinion of the manager and my team-mates is really the only one that matters to me,” James is quoted in Daniel Taylor’s Guardian piece.
““But you can look at the number of goals I’ve created in the Premier League in my career and see where that puts me. I’m sure I’d be quite high up in that. If a footballer can do that, create goals but also do a job for the team defensively, is that a bad thing? People say I’m a containing player. Maybe if I was lazy they wouldn’t think that. If I kept more energy to go forward, what would the perception be then? Would I be lazy and shouldn’t be playing because of that?”
““At the start of the qualifying campaign we had Moldova away and won by a big margin [5-0]. I played then. At club level we’ve won games by big margins when I’ve played. We won by six at Manchester United and I had a hand in two or three of the goals.
““I’m both [attacking and defensive]. But I’m not sure sometimes if the versatility tag can be a blessing or a bad thing. Sometimes it works for you and at other times people put you in a category. Going into the last World Cup I was playing central midfield every game. Then I got there and played wide. Now I’m playing right or left more than in the middle for City and for England.””
The Blues’ trio of Argentinean stars have all made the final cut for their country meaning Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis have all been named in coach Alejandro Sabella’s 23 man World Cup squad.
It comes as no surprise that City’s prized marksman and heroic fullback made the cut, but it’s fantastic news for Martin Demichelis who has been rewarded for a host of brilliant performances throughout the second half of the title winning campaign; forcing the defender into the hearts and minds of not only the Etihad faithful, but seemingly his international manager, too.
Read the full Argentina squad in the Mirror’s report.
Transfer gossip now, and Aleks Kolarov has emerged as a target for Bayern Munich. The Daily Mail are reporting that the Serbian fullback, who has one year left on his contract at City, is being chased by the German giants while Italian duo Roma and Juventus wait in the wings.
The Express believe that City insist Sergio Aguero is going nowhere despite increased interest from European Champions Real Madrid.
“City have no desire to sell the Argentina international who they are confident is happy and settled as a double Premier League winner in Manchester.”
And finally, The Mirror’s Chris Richards reckons City have ruled out a move for Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas this summer:
“The Premier League champions had been linked with a move for the Barcelona star, who looks set to leave the Nou Camp this summer.
“But according to The Sun, City are not interested in signing the Spain international and have had no contact with either the club or the players’ representatives.”