Former Newcastle winger James Milner wants to leave Manchester City in the summer, so he can get regular first team football elsewhere, and he just hasn’t had enough first team play last season under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.
James Milner – wants to leave Manchester City this summer
The news is said to have alerted Everton, Arsenal, Spurs and also Newcastle United.
We knew when James was at Newcastle for four years from August of 2004, that he simply wants to play football, and he only made 17 starts for City last season, even though he actually appeared in 31 of City’s 38 league games.
James works his socks off for the side, and that’s what’s got him in the England squad for Brazil, and he could be an Alan Pardew type player, in that he tracks back and always gives 100% effort – and he’s not a bad player either.
But somehow we think if Everton, Spurs or Arsenal are really after him, he may prefer to join one of those clubs, since he can get European football certainly at Arsenal and Tottenham.
It’s also very rarely the right move to make to go back to where you once played.
Milner gets a massive £90K/week at City, and he wouldn’t get that at another club, and it’s a good question if his wages would rule Newcastle out of the running.
James joined Newcastle in August of 2004 from home town Leeds United, at the same time Charles N’Zogbia joined the Magpies, and Milner played 139 times for Newcastle with 12 goals, before he was transferred to Aston Villa for £12M in August of 2008.
It’s a long shot that Newcastle would go after Milner.
For the record Milner, at just 28 years old, has already played 467 first team games with 50 goals.