Manchester City midfielder James Milner is considering his future at the club as he stalls on signing a new contract, reports the Express.
Milner has been in great form for the club this season and has arguably been their best player. Yet the 29-year-old is out of contract in the summer and is still unsure about his future.
Liverpool and Arsenal are both monitoring the situation as both clubs see him as a midfield powerhouse that they crave. With Steven Gerrard moving to LA Galaxy at the end of the season, the Reds need someone to replace their current captain in the engine room and Milner fits the bill.
Arsenal too need some grit to add to the flair and have been long time admirers of the player signed by City from Aston Villa for £26million in 2010.
City have the resources to buy any player they please and to some Milner is an unattractive player on the eye, despite his endless work-rate and the fact he has now started to add a considerable amount of goals to his game. The player knows how quickly the situation can change and does not want to commit to a long-term deal.
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Ironically, he has played more games for City this season than any other player. He has featured in 33 of the club's 36 games, 21 of those from the start.
Milner followed up his superb last-minute equaliser against Hull on Saturday with another against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday night, taking his goal tally up to five for the season. He also has seven assists to his name in all competitions.
However according to the Express, Milner still feels that he is only starting games at the moment because of injuries to Samir Nasri and David Silva, plus the absence of Yaya Toure at the African Cup of Nations.
Want him to stay
Everybody associated with the club wants Milner to stay, as they understand just how much he contributes to the team as the unsung hero. City fans at the Britannia Stadium sung his name last night, urging him to put pen to paper.
City beat Stoke 4-1 last night to stay seven points behind Chelsea and boss Manuel Pellegrini said after the game that the decision was up to the player himself.
The Citizens boss told reporters: "When you are trying to sign a contract you need both parties to agree to it, so that is why it is not so easy to get it signed.
"But I repeat the most important thing is that the club wants Milner to stay here and he has to decide what he wants to do with his future."