Manchester City cannot afford to lose James Milner

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Manchester City are running the risk of losing one of their most important players in the summer as he is currently stalling on a new deal.

With his contract up in the summer James Milner is considering his options before committing his future at Eastlands.

Milner has made it clear he wants assurances of getting regular football before penning a new four and half year deal. Should he choose to leave the current Premier League champions he won’t be short of suitors as Liverpool and Chelsea have being interested in the England international.

Milner has made 29 appearances so far this season for the Citizens, playing in a variety of positions, from centre, left midfield and even as a false number nine.

Milner has said in the past he wants to stay at City as he told the Daily Mirror back in November: "I’d love to stay at City, that’s the bottom line. It’s a no-brainer for me, I want to be here. I would love to sign a new contract.”

City cannot allow Milner to leave, he is so important to the club. He does his work under the radar and that could be why he isn’t as appreciated as he should be. He is different from the likes of Yaya Toure and Frank Lampard in terms of being a powerful midfielder than can go on driving runs and get you goals.

Yes Milner can do that but he is better at the dirty side of the game. Doing the defensive work, man marking, tracking jobs that not everyone wants to do. He does them brilliantly and consistently that’s why it’s vital for City to keep hold of him and ensure he signs that new deal.

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