Villa reject City's Milner offer

20 May 2010 07:12
Aston Villa have rejected a £20million offer from Manchester City for James Milner. City have been linked with a move for the England midfielder since the end of a season where he was named PFA Young Player of the Year. The 24-year-old scored 12 goals in 49 appearances for the Midlands club and is halfway through a four-year contract. However, Villa intend to hold talks with Milner when he returns from World Cup duty where they will offer former Leeds United and Newcastle midfielder a new long-term deal. "We have received an offer from Manchester City for James Milner and this has been firmly rejected," said a Villa spokesman. "We plan to sit down with James and his representative after the World Cup to agree a new long-term deal and this remains our position." Villa paid Newcastle £12million for the former England Under-21 international when they signed him in 2008. Earlier in the week, club owner Randy Lerner pledged to do all he could to retain Milner following rumours of interest from big-spending City. He said: "I'm not worried about losing James Milner. I think James will play for Aston Villa and should play for Aston Villa. "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."

Source: ESA