Manuel Pellegrini urges James Milner to make decision over future

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellergini has told James Milner to make his mind up over his future at the Etihad Stadium, reports the Express.

The England international is out of contract in the summer and free to walk away with Arsenal and Liverpool both linked with his signature. 

On form 

Milner gave a timely reminder of his ability with a sublime free-kick against Hull over the weekend that secured a point for the Citizens, while he also found the back of the net in the 4-1 win over Stoke last night.

Talks have begun with Manchester City over a new contract but nothing has been agreed as yet - and Pellegrini has urged the midfielder to make a decision either way sooner rather than later.

When speaking to reporters after last night's convincing victory, the Chilean boss said: "To sign a contract, you need both parties.I repeat, the club want Milner to stay here and Milner has to decide what he wants to do with his future.

"Milner scored a beautiful goal but for us the most important thing is the way he works for 90 minutes."

There's no doubt about it, Manchester City fans seem desperate for the midfield ace to say, with their fans even chanting in last night's clash: "James Milner, we want you to stay."

Milner, at 29-years-old, still has a lot to offer in England's elite division, so it's not a major surprise that the Citizens are looking to keep him in Manchester.

However, with the duo of Arsenal and Liverpool seemingly interested in his services, he may well fancy a new challenge as he approaches the latter stages of his carer.  

Staying at City 

Milner, on a free, would prove quite the coup for a number of sides, but surely City will be able to tie him down for the long term. Still a key man in Pellegrini's squad, Milner would stand a greater chance of landing silverware if he was to stay at the Etihad. 

In truth, if Pellegrini can offer Milner first-team guarantees, then the England international would be a fool to turn them down, but stranger things have happened. 

Manchester City fans: Do you think Milner will sign a new deal? Arsenal and Liverpool fans: Do you want your clubs to sign him? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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