MEN: Milner set for new deal?
- 20 May 2014 07:45
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
With the Premier League season done and dusted and the World Cup yet to start, there is only one topic in the sports pages today: transfer gossip!
So, what's in the headlines? It was reported in yesterday's media round-up that James Milner was looking to leave the club, according to today's Manchester Evening News, City are set to offer the midfielder an improved four-year deal this summer as reward for his efforts in the double-winning season.
"Liverpool and Arsenal heading a list of clubs who want to sign the Yorkshireman, City may need to persuade Milner that he will play a greater role for them," declares Stuart Brennan.
"Milner is one of five players who will be offered a new contract this summer, along with Joe Hart, Edin Dzeko, Aleks Kolarov and Samir Nasri.
"But Milner has not been completely happy with his lack of starts – he had just 12 in the Premier League and three in the Champions League.
"He also hankers after a central midfield role but was used mainly as a wide player by both Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini. Milner was asked about his intentions in the aftermath of City’s title win and hinted he wants to help the Blues push for the Champions League next season."
Quoted in the article, he states: 'I’ve just won the league. I’ve loved every minute at City. I’ve been here four years and I’ve a year left so we’ll see what happens.
'We have won two trophies this season and I came here to win trophies. I want to contribute to the club as much as I can and help us move forward.'
Good on you, Jimmy!
The article reads: "Paul Lambert will try and sign Joleon Lescott on a free transfer from Manchester City and leave it to Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner to decide if he can afford his wages.
"Lerner wants to sell Villa as soon as possible and is loathe to add to the £100million the club has cost him over the last eight years.
"Lescott is high on Lambert's wish-list and, as Lescott is a Villa fan and locally born, [Lambert] is optimistic of getting him.
"But Lescott's likely £50,000 a week wages are well above Villa's current salary ceiling and it will be a big test for Lerner."
We'll see how that one pans out then...
Finally, Sam Adams in the Mirror suggests Yaya Toure is unhappy following a birthday snub by City - stay with us - as he writes: "The Ivory Coast midfielder, 31, is even believed to be prepared to take a pay cut to return to his former club Barcelona.
"The star, who is on £11m a year at City, has only just helped the club win the Premier League title, but is understood to be unhappy, and would even consider a move to another English team.
"The player's agent, Dimitry Seluk, told the paper that the club's attitude towards Toure was not up to scratch - a point he said was proved by them forgetting his 31st birthday last week."
Hmm... forgetting Yaya's birthday? There was a cake on the plane, the players sang happy birthday and more than 230,000 City fans wished him a happy birthday on our official Facebook page - the biggest response we've ever had. Hardly sounds like anyone forgot.
Yaya knows how much the City fans love him so we'll just put this down as an early silly season entry.
That's all for today. Check back to mcfc.co.uk at the same time tomorrow for more City-related media speculation.