Man City’s Milner learning Spanish for foreign team mates

Manchester City midfielder James Milner has revealed he is learning Spanish in order to help communicate with foreign team mates whose English skills are not the best, according to the Daily Star.

There are approximately six players in the squad currently who would class Spanish as their first language and Milner has claimed that some of their English is not great.

The England international has therefore taken the initiative and began lessons with a tutor in order to communicate better on and off the pitch with his team mates – taking weekly sessions.

He said: “I go on holiday in Spain and always wanted to learn another language. That usually involves using books, so I got a teacher and started seeing her every week.

“It helps them (his foreign team-mates) out, it helps me improve as well. You have to because a few of the lads don’t speak great English.

“His (manager Manuel Pellegrini) English is great so I don’t really need to speak to him in Spanish. It helps me understand if he’s talking about me!”

Milner’s future at the club has become the subject of speculation, despite featuring a number of times this season and playing 156 times for the club over four seasons.

There are those who will speculate the learning of Spanish could mean he is set to leave the club when his contract runs out next summer, but the player revealed there has been talks about a new deal held.

Milner joined the club back in August of 2010 for a deal worth a reported £28.5m plus Stephen Ireland moving to Aston Villa in the opposite direction.

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