James Milner holds amicable Aston Villa talks


James Milner held 'amicable' talks with Aston Villa on Monday and will travel with the Midlands club on their pre-season trip to Portugal.

Villa boss Martin O'Neill revealed last week that the England midfielder wanted to join long-time suitors Manchester City.

The big-spending Eastlands club had an initial £20million rejected before the World Cup.

Milner was reported to be upset that O'Neill had made public his desire to leave Villa Park.

However, the pair and several representatives held face-to-face talks on Monday before the club released a statement.

"James Milner trained with the rest of the Villa squad today at Bodymoor Heath," it read.

"He and the manager, along with chief executive Paul Faulkner and the player's representative, Matthew Buck, had an amicable conversation and, while James will not play in tomorrow's game at Walsall, he will fly with the squad to Portugal on Wednesday ahead of the Guadiana Cup in which Villa will compete with Benfica and Feyenoord this weekend."

Milner, who still has two years remaining on his existing contract, has made 90 appearances for Villa since arriving in a £13million deal from Newcastle United in July 2008.

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