James Milner denies talk of Manchester City rifts

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Manchester City's England midfielder James Milner has hit out at continuing rumours of a dressing-room split at Eastlands.

The papers seem convinced that there are problems at City following two consecutive defeats, but Milner insists that such talk is far from being true.

He told reporters:"When we see nonsense written in the papers it pulls us closer together.

"When it seems like the whole world is against you, that is when you pull together.

"These things will make us stronger as a football club. You go through times when things aren't quite right and it's important to keep things right off the field.

"I've been at Newcastle and Leeds where the press seemed be outside the training ground whenever you drove in. We can't control what's off the field, we can only control results.

"Having on-field disagreements says we're very hungry to win football matches. We'd be worried if there wasn't that hunger because we're desperate to win trophies.

"In changing rooms up and down the country you'll see people disagreeing, but it's forgotten as soon as you step off the pitch. We're a tight group."

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