I posted a month or so back why James Milner must stay at Villa
and now we have today further stories from the papers that Man City, the nouveau rich club where money is not equating to class and style (headline from their OS) is considering a £24m initial. Now whilst they are allowed to do this their whole approach is discreditable and designed to rush James into making a quick decision before the World Cup starts and no one can do a deal during this.
I will repeat what I said here.
Milner is our future and we have to simply do everything we can to keep him at Villa Park. He is in my book the best player at the club and the heartbeat of the team. No matter what money or players that Man City offer we can not afford to let him go.
When Barry was sold the situation was different in my view at 29 we had seen the best days of him at VP and subsequent performances only went on to prove this. Milner at 24 has still 4/5 years at his peak and whilst if Man Utd were sniffing around I could understand the attraction to move, why move to City now with all kinds of uncertainty over the manager’s future, Milner saw this at Newcastle and Leeds.
No one at VP, Randy, MON, players or the fans wants James to leave, his best prospects still continue to be at a club which transformed his whole career by switching positions and we showed we can challenge.
Lets just show the rest of the football world we mean business with James leading from the front because there is no better player to do that.
Because if we do not then I am afraid we will not suceed like we all want us to, not least Randy and MON.
A reminder of what said about Milner and staying at Villa
“No, I’m not worried about losing James Milner,” said Lerner. “I think James Milner will play for Aston Villa and should play for Aston Villa.
“I’m not dismissive of the realities that a player that has received the attention and acclaim of James Milner is going to spark discussion and debate about a move. But I’ve kind of lived through that and as I’ve had more experience I see those realities play out in front of me.
“The answer is ‘No’ I don’t worry about him leaving because he is wanted at this club. I think he has a role. He contributes superbly well.”