O'Neill expects Milner to give his all
Wednesday 28 July 2010
Aston Villa midfielder James Milner could end up staying at the club, manager Martin O'Neill suggested last night.
England international Milner has been chased all summer by Manchester City.
But big-spending City have yet to agree a fee for Milner and O'Neill is waiting to see if they make a new bid that Villa deem as suitable.
Villa rejected an opening offer of £20million from City in May and O'Neill is confident that Milner will continue to give his all for the club if he is still at Villa Park when the transfer window closes next month.
O'Neill, speaking after his side's 2-1 friendly win at Walsall last night said: "There is no question that James Milner will continue to give his best if the deal doesn't go through."
Milner held talks about his future with O'Neill yesterday at the club's Bodymoor Heath training camp on his return from an extended summer break following the World Cup.
But it is the Villa owner Randy Lerner who ultimately holds Milner's future in his hands.
O'Neill added: "I think the owner puts a price on players. Of course, he will have an idea on the price.
"Negotiations are being conducted by the Villa chief executive and the owner and I will be guided by them."
Milner will join up with the Villa squad tomorrow to fly out to Portugal when O'Neill's side will compete in the Guadiana Cup against Benfica and Feyenoord.
O'Neill added: "James loves playing and last season played when others wouldn't.
"That is why I have no concern in regard to his character and involvement with Villa."
Latest in Sport
Liverpool's 2005 Champions League-winning side: From Jerzy Dudek to Vladimir Smicer - where are they now?
Jack Wilshere's final-day strike wins Match of the Day's Goal of the Season award after Arsenal fans hijack vote
Jurgen Klopp favourite to replace Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool if he's sacked
Premier League 2015/16 kits: Confirmed and rumoured strips from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and others
Brendan Rodgers: 87 per cent of readers think Liverpool should sack their manager
- 1 Cyclist who knocked down three-year-old girl says his life has been 'destroyed'
- 2 A politically correct lefty goes to see Top Gear live – you'll probably believe what happened next
- 3 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 4 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 5 Snoop Dogg on why he doesn't regret displaying misogyny towards women
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people