Martin O'Neill dismisses James Milner Aston Villa exit talk

20 April 2010 05:18
The Aston Villa manager, who signed Milner for £12 million from Newcastle United two years ago, plans to begin negotiations to extend the 24 year-old's contract, which has two years left to run, in the summer, but he has been left irritated by reports suggesting Milner will be targeted by United and City.

"It has got ridiculous now and I can categorically say that I have not heard anything from Manchester City,' he said. 'I spoke to my chief executive late yesterday evening and he never mentioned it so I assume they have not been in touch with him either.

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"James is still under contract with us and it's a case of dampening fires that weren't there in the first place. We want the best players to stay here at Aston Villa so we can keep the momentum going. But I have kind of accepted it now. If it is not James it will be Ashley Young and if it is not Ashley it might be Richard Dunne and then someone else the following week.'

Source: Telegraph