Arsenal and Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of James Milner after the midfielder confirmed that he's in talks over signing a new contract with Manchester City.
The 28-year-old was asked about his future during a pre-match press conference ahead of England's opening Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino on Thursday, and took the opportunity to reaffirm his commitment to Manuel Pellegrini's side.
Milner has been heavily linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium after making just 12 Premier League appearances for the Citizens last season. However, the Three Lions star has featured far more regularly in 2014/15 and now the former Aston Villa man is ready to pen an extension.
"We've been in talks with the club, we've talked about it and hopefully it can get sorted some time soon," he is quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
"I seem to go through phases in my City career where times I've played a lot more and you enjoy it massively and there's obviously no place you'd rather be. It's an amazing club. Why would you want to leave?
"Then at other times it's a bit more frustrating when you're not playing as much it's a bit more difficult.
"[But] it's a great club to be at. I've enjoyed every minute and still loving it now."
Blow to suitors
The news will come as a massive blow to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who has been a long-term admirer of the versatile utility man. Arsenal are in serious need of a new defensive midfielder and had allegedly eyed Milner as a possible transfer option.
Brendan Rodgers is also believed to be hugely keen on recruiting Milner, as he looks to further strengthen his Liverpool squad when the transfer window reopens in January.
The Reds have so far failed to maintain their high level of performance from last season, and are currently languishing in ninth place in the Premier League table after a challenging start to the campaign that has also seen a return to the Champions League.
Change of tact
Rodgers new he needed to add more depth to his Anfield ranks over the summer, but despite a significant influx of new players they have struggled to live up to the demands of more regular football.
Luis Suarez's £75 million departure to Barcelona has had a huge impact on the club's fortunes, but there is still hope on Merseyside that once everyone is back fit and firing on all cylinders they'll be able to challenge in the higher echelons of the division.
Milner's prospective arrival would have gone some way to installing more confidence at Liverpool, but they'll now have to turn attention to alternative targets after the Yorkshireman's latest claim.
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