Manchester City's James Milner has only six months left on his contract, and with the club and his representatives struggling to finalise an agreement, the ex-Aston Villa and Newcastle man could be looking for another side with which to ply his trade.
He would be available to leave on a free when his deal expires in six months, but can sign a pre-contract agreement with any clubs now.
The question on everyones' lips though is why hasn't a contract been agreed? The players agent has been fighting tooth and nail with the board at City in order to finalise a deal that would keep Milner at the Etihad, but it seems the England International is feeling aggrieved at not only being left out at key points in the season, but also with the tabled proposals from City thus far.
Contract negotiations are still ongoing, but by the looks of things, it seems that the Yorkshireman is certain to move on, with Arsenal and Liverpool registering an interest in the winger, and clubs in Italy and Spain also looking to attract him to mainland Europe.
Sure to depart?
One has to wonder why indeed Milner has become somewhat surplus to requirements at the Etihad. Ever since his big money move from Aston Villa - he cost the champions £26 million in 2010 - his time has been plagued with uncertainty about holding down a regular first-team position.
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However when Milner starts and plays, its safe to say that there are few wingers in the Premier League that offer the direct approach of getting down the sideline and delivering balls into the danger zone.
It wasn't long ago, in fact just over a year, that Milner mastermind a comeback at the famous Allianz arena against a Bayern Munich side who had run rampant in the Champions League. Milner scored the winner in a thrilling 3-2 encounter and put in a stellar performance, showing the hard work and graft of a traditional winger and continued to show promise throughout the season.
Just not enough
But it still doesn't seem to be enough. His relationship with ex-coach Roberto Mancini wasn't great, however with Pellegrini it looked to be improving as the Chilean speaks extremely high of Milner's abilities. Yet the signing of Jesus Navas has limited his appearances, and other factors have conspired to see him regularly resigned to the bench.
Although talks are set to continue, in reality an agreement looks destined to fail as Milner would undoubtedly struggle to get games even if he signs a contract, something that has been his main concern.
Ultimately it all comes down to the player. Milner will undoubtedly be putting his playing time first and with clubs all over the continent offering him the chance to show his ability, the writing looks to be on the wall.
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