Despite an increase in playing opportunities, James Milner has revealed his uncertainty at staying on with Manchester City as reports are suggesting that the England international has failed to sign a contract.
Prior to the start of the season, Milner was a regular bench warmer for Manuel Pellegrini but since August, the 28-year-old has featured in seven of the Chilean's starting line-ups so far, as opposed to last season's 12 starting positions, with that looking to eclipse even further upon the renewal of his contract at the Etihad Stadium.
After last weeks comfortable Champions League result against Roma, Milner explained after the game: "there are talks going on so hopefully it will be sorted soon."
"I just want to contribute as much I can because there are a lot of games during the season."
But according to the Telegraph Sport, Milner's desire to stay with the current Premier League holders isn't as strong as the former Aston Villa midfielder made out to be with anger about Pellegrini's reluctance to start with the 28-year-old on a more regular basis last season.
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He continued by saying: "if I play more consistently, like I am now, then I will stay."
His impressive substitute appearances against Southampton and Sunderland have certainly been enough to clear the pathway into the starting line-up.
However, the return of David Silva could force Milner back out of Pellegrini's plans if the Chilean decides to go with a more high quality option. After all, it was the initial intention of the 61-year-old to switch the duo until Silva's injury was entirely nursed.
Now it is time for the boss to make a dubious decision. Leaving Milner out of the team could be substantial as it could result in the departure of the midfielder whilst the absence of David Silva could cost the club thousands of pounds in terms of weekly salaries.