Milner focuses on England

Aston Villa midfielder James Milner is refusing to consider his club future until after the World Cup finals.

Milner was the subject of a £20million approach from Manchester City on Wednesday which Villa instantly rejected.

City are expected to return with an improved offer for the recently crowned PFA Young Player of the Year.

But although Milner refused to categorically rule out a summer move away from the Midlands club when asked about his future, he refused to be drawn on his plans while away in Austria with England's provisional World Cup squad.

"Do I expect to be at Villa next season? I don't know," said the former Leeds United and Newcastle starlet.

"I've worked as hard as I can and concentrated on club football while the season has been on.

"Now it has finished, I'm focusing on England and that's the only thing I am focusing on.

"The speculation about my own future is not distracting. There are always going to be rumours about every player in every club when the transfer window opens.

"To be linked with any clubs is flattering but I'm just concentrating on England at this time.

"The season finished at Villa a week and a bit ago and we all said we would discuss it after the World Cup.

"I've enjoyed my time at Aston Villa, it's a good club, we've had a lot of success this season, came close in two competitions and we are moving forward."

Milner has scored 21 goals in 125 appearances for Villa since joining the club from Newcastle United in a £12million transfer two years ago.

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