James Milner untroubled by Manchester City exit rumours

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Manchester City midfielder James Milner insists he is paying little attention to rumours linking him with a summer move, despite alleged transfer interest from Arsenal and Liverpool.

The Daily Star reports how the 28-year-old has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks, with suggestions that he could leave the Premier League champions in search of more regular first-team football.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is believed to be keen to bring Milner to the Emirates Stadium as he looks to beef up his midfield options at Arsenal next season.

Brendan Rodgers has also been mooted as an admirer of Milner, with the Anfield chief eager to strengthen his squad ahead of Liverpool's return to the Champions League in 2014/15.

However, Arsenal and Liverpool will have to be patient in their respective pursuits of the England international, who has no plans to enter any negotiations until after the World Cup.

"That's football, how quickly things move," reflected Milner, when questioned about recent transfer speculation.

"We've had a great season with Man City, won the title and had five or six days to enjoy it and then it is gone, forgotten about and I'm concentrating on the World Cup.

"Once the World Cup is done, you are trying to win the league again so unfortunately you don't have that long to enjoy things.

"But football moves quickly and at this moment in time the only thing is the World Cup."

Speaking at a press conference at England's pre-World Cup training camp in Miami, the Three Lions ace maintained that his focus is fully on preparations for Brazil, intimating that any club business will be sorted after the tournament.

"You don't get too many opportunities to play in a World Cup in your life," he added.

"It is an amazing spectacle and everyone in the squad is really excited and looking forward to that."

It's not yet clear whether Manuel Pellegrini sees Milner as part of his first-team plans next season, meaning the utility man could leave the Etihad Stadium for a rival Premier League club before the start of the new campaign.

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