Lerner 'not worried' about losing Milner

18 May 2010 08:10
Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner insists he is not worried about losing James Milner, who has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City.[LNB] City are believed to have tabled a firm offer for the England utility man, while Chelsea are also thought to be keeping a watching brief on him.[LNB]Milner has established himself as one of the most sought-after players in England after a superb campaign for Villa.[LNB]It has been suggested Villa may have to sell before they can buy this summer, with Milner one of their most saleable assets.[LNB]However, Lerner insists the former Leeds and Newcastle star - who can play in several positions in both midfield and defence - will remain at Villa Park next season.[LNB]"I'm not worried about losing James Milner. I think James will play for Aston Villa and should play for Aston Villa," Lerner told the Daily Mail.[LNB]"I'm not dismissive of the realities that a player that has received the attention and acclaim of James is going to spark discussion and debate about a move and so on. The answer is "No", I don't worry about him leaving because he is wanted at this club."[LNB]Milner, who is part of England's World Cup squad, was named PFA Young Player of the Year last season and he is set to find himself involved in a transfer battle this summer.

Source: Team_Talk