Leeds United must do all they can to bring James Milner back to Elland Road at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.
Back in September, the Daily Mail reported that Leeds were closely monitoring Milner’s situation at Liverpool as the Reds had not opened contract talks.
At the moment, it seems unlikely that Milner will be signing a new deal with Liverpool and that would make him a free agent at the end of the current season.
It had been thought that the 32-year-old would struggle for minutes this season due to Liverpool’s summer business, but that has simply not been the case.
Milner made his debut for hometown-team Leeds at the age of 16, but only made 54 appearances for the club before joining Newcastle United in 2004.
There is a feeling that the midfielder has some unfinished business at Elland Road and the Whites must do all they can to re-sign him at the end of the season.
Milner left Leeds in the summer of 2004 following their relegation to the Championship, but the Whites now look well-placed to secure a return to the top flight under the leadership of Marcelo Bielsa.
Indeed, Leeds currently top the second tier and gaining promotion back to the Premier League would place the club in a strong position when it comes to re-signing the former England international.
It is unlikely that Milner would return if the Whites were not in the Premier League, however, which makes promotion even more important.
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The midfielder has been in good form for Liverpool this season, but will turn 33 in early 2019 and is not a long-term option for the Reds.
There will be a number of clubs closely monitoring developments, but Leeds must ensure that they are first in line.