With Manchester City looking set to strengthen their squad in the summer and a host of high profile names being linked, one of the best pieces of business they could surely do it convincing midfielder James Milner to stay at the Etihad Stadium.
A £26 million signing in the summer of 2010, involving cash and fellow midfielder Stephen Ireland, the Yorkshire man has been a solid, dependable and some times inspirational performer since his arrival and has become more and more of a influential member of the City squad as the years have rolled on, be it in a starting or substitute role.
With his ability to perform at a high level in multiple positions, Milner is the ideal squad player and combined with his professional attitude, he would be a big loss if they failed to tie him down to a new deal. It could be very costly to try and replace him.
His future could hinge on whether or not City can convince the England international he will get enough playing time at this stage of his career.
After making 36 appearances so far for the club this season it is obvious he has a role to play in the plans of Manuel Pellegrini but a switch to his prefered position of central midfield might be what is required to put pen on paper.
City seems to be his number one choice, a club where he has undoubtably enjoyed the best period of his career but there won't be a shortage of options for the midfielder come the summer as long term admirer's Liverpool and Arsenal show interest and have been joined by Italian trio Roma, Inter and AC Milan who have reportedly held talks with the player's representatives.
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