Man City boss may have done all he can to convince Liverpool target to stay

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini thinks the club may have done all they can to persuade James Milner to sign a new contract at the Etihad, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Milner has struggled for regular first team football this season, despite being one of City’s most consistent performers.

He is out of contract at the end of the season, and has been linked with moves to Liverpool and Roma of Serie A.

Pellegrini was hopeful the 29-year-old would put pen to paper on a long term deal months ago, but the England international has continued to stall.

The Chilean finds himself under pressure at the Etihad, with his side currently five points behind leaders Chelsea having played a game more, and facing an uphill battle to overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit to Barcelona in the Champions League.

And now the Manchester City boss has put the ball firmly in Milner’s cause, after suggesting the club may have done all they can to convince him to stay.

He said: “Maybe City have already offered all that the club can offer, maybe it’s not about more money, maybe there are different things to sign a new contract.

“I repeat, you must ask James what is happening with him.

“I hope he will find an arrangement, but you cannot talk about City only.

“To decide to sign a contract you need both parties to agree it.

“We will see what happens from now until the end of the season.”