Concern over Milner’s Man City future

James Milner’s future at Manchester City could be in doubt after talks over a new contract for the versatile 28-year-old midfielder stalled, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The player himself has publically stated his desire to remain at the Etihad Stadium, where he has spent nearly four and-a-half years since joining from Aston Villa. During that time, he has helped win two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup, scoring 12 goals and claiming 42 assists in 181 appearances.

However, little progress has reportedly been made on negotiations which began in November, with Milner’s current deal set to expire at the end of the season. Manager Manuel Pellegrini also wants him to stay, but the England international has concerns over the club’s long-term vision for him.

Milner has shown reluctance to enter talks due to his relative lack of first-team action, particularly under Pellegrini. Despite a lengthy run in the starting XI up until the beginning of November and a succession of influential performances, he has only started one of the champions’ last six Premier League matches, and his prospects have not been aided by the return of David Silva from injury.

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