Manchester City are unphased by speculation regarding the future of James Milner, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Talks have been on-going regarding a new deal for the versatile midfielder who told reporters he was key to commit to the club after their epic 2-0 win in Rome last week.
However, rumours have emerged this week that talks have stalled, meaning Milner could be free to talk to clubs about a possible summer switch as early as next month.
With Milner out of contract in the summer, the bosman ruling means he'll be free to talk to clubs abroad about making a summer switch as of January, and given his experience at the top level, he's sure to have a number of offers.
Despite having under two weeks to tie Milner down to a new deal before he's free to negotiate a move away from the Etihad, the Manchester Evening News claim City have played down speculation.
Article continues below
The England midfielder is one of the longest serving players at the Etihad Stadium, having signed a five-year deal upon his arrival in 2010.
Despite constant committed displays, and an ever growing impact under Manuel Pellegrini, he's yet to put pen to paper on an extension to his City career.
While City spent the summer tying down the likes of Vincent Kompany, Sergio Augero and David Silva to new deals, Milner has had to be a bit more patient.
However, he told reporters after last week's Roma game that: "There's talks going on so hopefully it will be sorted soon."
Milner's long said his decision to stay at City will be purely based on the playing time afforded to him by Pellegrini.
With that in mind, it's a wonder he's yet to sign fresh terms having been involved in 22 of the club's 25 fixtures thus far this season, including starts in the two must win Champions League ties with Bayern Munich and Roma.
In becoming a regular he's also found himself being asked to perform in the centre of midfield on occasion and his importance to the City cause will be heightened should Frank Lampard fail to agree an extension to his current loan deal.
Staying for keeps
Milner is not the only England man to be holding discussions over a long term deal at City.
Goalkeeper Joe Hart has also been in talks over new contract, with the outcome looking positive after he said: "I love this place and I love everything about Manchester City. I have been here for a long time. I feel like it is my club now and I want to be here as long as I can.”