James Milner still waiting for Manchester City contract talks

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Manchester City are yet to open talks with James Milner over a renewed contract, reports The Sun.

The England international's current deal expires in the summer and is likely to come within days of it expiring before his future gets resolved. Milner is open to staying at the Etihad, but is equally prepared to leave.

The Citizens are ready to improve his £5million-a-year wages, but at 29-years-old, Milner's priority is with his role at the club. His next contract is likely to be his last long-term deal before retirement. Milner wants to make sure that deal does not see sitting on the bench.

More first-team football

Manuel Pellegrini has attempted to convince him by giving him a more prominent role in the squad this season. But as so many of his team-mates have experienced, Manchester City's spending power means first team football can never be guaranteed regardless of form.

Now his contract is in its last six-months, foreign clubs are able to approach him over a pre-contract. According to the same report, several have already done so.

AS Roma, AC Milan and Inter Milan have all let their interest be known to Milner with an offer also coming from an unnamed club in La Liga. However, Milner wants to finish his career in the Premier League and could wait until his contract has expired to talk to interested parties.

Premier League interest

Both Liverpool and Arsenal are believed to be interested in Milner with both ready to offer him the assurances that Manchester City cannot. Brendan Rodgers wants Milner to replace the role currently filled by Steven Gerrard while Arsene Wenger wants Milner to be the foil for the attacking creativity at the Emirates.

More first team football will give Milner a greater chance of sealing a place in Roy Hodgson's plans for Euro 2016 as well as the qualifying campaign for Russia 2018. His international future will be at the forefront of his mind when Milner finally makes a decision on his future.

Where should he go?

Milner has gained plaudits from his fellow professionals for his industrious work across the midfield. His work rate would allow him to supplement the loss of Gerrard at Anfield, where he would likely take a key role in the centre of midfield.

The deal will probably come down to who has Champions League football available next season. Should Liverpool fail to qualify, Arsenal become immediate favourites and vice versa. Regardless, it looks as though a departure from Manchester City is increasingly likely.

Should James Milner leave Manchester City? Should Manuel Pellegrini be doing more to keep him? If so, where should he go? Give us your views in the comments box below!

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