Man City hopeful over new Milner contract

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident that James Milner will eventually agree to extend his stay at the club, but admits a new deal is not close at present, ESPN has reported.

The 29-year-old’s current agreement expires at the end of the season, and despite their best attempts, City have so far been able to secure his long-term future. There are several interested parties, with Liverpool among a number of Premier League clubs ready to pounce should Milner leave the Etihad Stadium on a free transfer.

He has been a regular in the starting XI this season, earning considerably more game time than in Pellegrini’s first campaign in charge, where he was mainly used as a substitute. Since joining in a high-profile move from Aston Villa in August 2010, Milner has helped City win two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup, scoring 14 goals in 189 appearances.

Despite doubt over the England international’s future, Pellegrini is sure that he will maintain commitment to Man City for the remainder of the season, even if he does not end up staying. “I think he will he make the correct arrangement here,’ he said. ‘James is a very important player for our team.

“I suppose he will have an arrangement soon. Knowing the way he thinks we will see the same Milner with a contract or without a contract. He is a great professional.”

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