Man City hopeful of keeping Milner amid Liverpool interest

Manchester City believe they can tie down midfielder James Milner to a new contract in the face of interest from Liverpool, the Daily Mail has reported.

Milner’s current deal expires at the end of the season and as he holds concerns over his role in the City squad, Milner has delayed putting pen-to-paper on an extension. The Reds are said to be monitoring the situation should Milner choose to end his stay at the Etihad Stadium, having moved to the club from Aston Villa in 2010.

City though feel Milner may stay, particularly after getting more of a run in the team in recent weeks. Former Leeds and Newcastle utility man Milner has also been used as an auxiliary striker in recent weeks as Manuel Pellegrini looked for a solution to an injury crisis that deprived him of Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic.

Milner, 29, has 170 appearances to his name for the Premier League champions, scoring 13 goals, and has won 53 caps for the Three Lions. He was also part of the City squad that won the FA Cup and the title under Roberto Mancini.

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