Say Wenger signs Luis Figo since he missed out on Cristiano Ronaldo?
Well, it’d have to be the ‘Yorkshire Figo’ who is now based at Manchester. James Milner.
The Manchester City midfielder, who has hardly been a regular with the Champions ever since he joined in 2010 has now began to consider his future with a move away from the club rumoured to be on the cards.
The Wortley-born midfielder, who hit half a century of caps for England in the Euro qualifier against Norway in September, is still considered as a hard-working player who can be deployed in holding as well as attacking midfield roles. The presence of the likes of Yaya Toure, David Silva, Jesus Navas and Samir Nasri has not seen Milner have as much match time as he would probably have loved to, and with age not exactly on his side, the midfielder seems to now be eyeing a departure from the Etihad, putting Everton and our cross-town rivals Tottenham on stand-by.
There were indications during the active period of the summer transfer window that Milner had been earmarked by Arsene Wenger as one of his midfield targets, but opted out, perhaps as a sequel to his decision against the return of Cesc Fabregas. Injuries to key players – Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta, and the uncertainty hovering like a cumulo-nimbus over the fitness of Abou Diaby, have created a need for Arsene to improve his options in midfield, and in James Milner, he is sure to get a right man with sufficient experience, versatility and capabilities.
Milner has declared an understanding of his situation at City, but insists that he would love to have the opportunity to be more involved in football on a weekly basis, besides training ground kick abouts.
In his lamentations, he said,
“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”.
With a year left on his current deal, City may be willing to receive a January salvage fee from the £24 million paid to Aston Villa for his services back in 2010.
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