James Milner not ready to commit future to Manchester City

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The modern day footballer is often accused of being money orientated, but in a refreshing change James Milner is seeking reassurances about game time before committing to the club.

The Manchester City man has just one year left on his current contract but is reluctant to sign a new deal if he's unlikely to feature in as many games as he'd like.

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During his four-year stay at the Etihad he's often been used as a substitute and he's revealed game time is his key motivation.


Since signing for the club in 2010 the England man has won two Premier League titles, as well as getting his hands on FA Cup and League Cup winners medals.

While that may be enough to convince some to sign a new contract, Milner told the Manchester Evening News: "I love it here and would love to stay at Manchester City but first and foremost I am a footballer and want to play football.

"You want to win trophies, and I have been fortunate enough to do that, but I want to do that and ideally play in enough games."

Contract talks

City have been busy securing a number of top names to long-term contracts over the summer and Milner admitted he has been in contact with the club and would like to stay.

"I have a year left and have spoken to the club. Hopefully I can play enough games and will be here for the long term," he said.


A quick look at statistics will tell you Milner made 31 appearances in last's season title winning campaign, but a whopping 19 of those were from the bench, and the 28-year-old is keen to be given a starting role.

Having delivered an impressive display against Chelsea at the weekend Milner said: "Sunday was my second start of the season and I would like a few more. I understand I won’t play in every game, I just want a fair crack of the whip, a few more games than I got last year.

“You have to perform as well, and that is never easy when you are in and out of the team. I want to play as well as I can, and the more you play the more you can show what you can do.

"When you are getting the game time, it’s amazing, but when you are not playing it is frustrating because you want to contribute."


In Yaya Toure, Fernando and Fernandinho, City are blessed with quality in Milner's favoured central midfield role and he understands he has to be patient, saying: "That's all part of being at a big club.

"All I can do is work as hard as I can, when I get chance I have to play as well as I can and make the manager keep picking me as much as possible."


The thought of losing Milner may not be City's biggest concern, but he would undoubtedly attract plenty of interest should he become a free transfer, with Arsenal having already been credited with an interest in the player.

It's clear from his comments that he enjoys being a City player, and the club would be wise to keep hold of one of their most reliable performers.

Though he may not be the most talented man in a star-studded squad, his request is a reasonable one, and he's clear about his ideal solution.

"It’s an amazing club to be at – I have won trophies, it has great fans and I am playing with some of the best players in the world. If you get that game time as well, it is perfect," he said.

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