Manchester City midfielder James Milner has been in and out of the starting XI for City in recent seasons and although he insists he loves the club and wants to stay he also indicates that playing football is his number one priority,
“I understand I won’t play in every game, I just want a fair crack of the whip, a few more games than I got last year, Milner told the Daily Star.
“I have a year left and have spoken to the club. I love it here and would love to stay at Manchester City but first and foremost I am a footballer and want to play football.
“We have had talks, but I want to see how it goes. Hopefully I will play enough games and can be at City for the long term.”
Milner clearly shows a lot of loyalty to his employers and to a club where last season he did appear in the majority of City’s Premier League game but 19 appearances from the bench may not be keeping the England international happy. So far this term Milner has started just two of City’s Premier League games.
With the amount of midfield talent at the disposal of Manuel Pellegrini it is easy to see why Milner has been pushed to the periphery of the starting XI and a new club looks to be his best option if he really wants to get regular game time. The fact he has stuck with the club and that Pellegrini uses him so much from the bench may be a good sign but looking at the City squad, players like Jesus Navas trump Milner’s quality.
His loyalty is admirable and he clearly has an affinity with the Manchester giants but whether the future he wants with more game time is at the Ethiad is questionable.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.