City title dream driving Milner

19 August 2010 07:04
James Milner has targeted the Premier League title after finally sealing his protracted move to Manchester City from Aston Villa.[LNB] The 24-year-old England international midfielder cited his ambition to win trophies as the key motivation for his move north to Eastlands.[LNB]After moving in a deal that takes Stephen Ireland to Villa Park, he said: "It didn't take too much selling by the boss (Roberto Mancini) when you see the players who are already here and the plans for the club.[LNB]"The last thing he said to me was 'be ready for the next game', and then he said 'be ready to win the Premier League', and that's my ultimate aim - that's what I want to do and why I'm here.[LNB]"There's a lot of competition to get there, it's where we all want to be. I'm ambitious and I want to win trophies here. I believe this is a great place to do that and I believe we will do it. Hopefully, sooner rather than later."[LNB]Milner's transfer was first mooted before this summer's World Cup, where he featured in England's campaign.[LNB]After securing a five-year deal, he told the club's website: "The move seems to have gone on a long time - now all I want to do is get out on the field and play.[LNB]"I'm ready and raring to go now we've finally got everything done. I can't wait to start a new chapter."[LNB]Milner joins a new illustrious cast, following the path taken by David Silva, Mario Balotelli, Jerome Boateng, Yaya Toure and Aleksander Kolarov.[LNB]Asked if Milner was his final signing, manager Roberto Mancini said: "I think so. He is a good young player, who can play in every position in the middle and out wide."[LNB]Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson complained about the "kamikaze" attitude of some clubs in the transfer market although he did not mention City by name.[LNB]Mancini said: "If you want to buy a new player, you must spend money. It is the market.[LNB]"I respect his (Ferguson's) opinion but Manchester United, not Manchester City, spent a lot of money in the past."[LNB]Milner's future had been the subject of ongoing speculation since Villa rejected a bid of around £20million from City in May.[LNB]The two clubs finally agreed a fee but the deal was held up still further by the involvement of Ireland, who reportedly demanded a £2million pay-off from City.[LNB]Milner replaces Ireland as City's number seven and Mancini said: "I hope things go well for Stevie at Villa.[LNB]"He is also a very good player and he has played a big part in City's history. I think he will enjoy the change of being at another club and I hope he does well for Aston Villa."[LNB]Milner will sit out City's Europa League play-off first leg match on Thursday night against Timisoara and instead could make his debut against Liverpool on Monday.

Source: Team_Talk