Manchester City star’s future thrown in doubt after manager comments

The Sunday Mirror are reporting that Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is desperate to keep midfielder James Milner at the club – but has told the England international that he cannot guarantee him a regular spot in the first team.

Contract negotiations between player and club remain at an impasse after Milner insisted on a new four-year deal instead of the three-year extension being offered by City. This means that the 29 year-old is free to leave the club in the summer, and having been frequently linked with a move to Liverpool, he is bound to encounter no difficulty in finding a new club who can offer him more regular action on the field.

Milner has been one of City’s most consistent performers this season, scoring in their recent victory over Stoke City. Speaking about the midfielder, Pellegrini said: “All the people at the club who decide if James stays or goes want him to stay. But there are two parts to a contract and James must decide what he wants to do with his future.”

Milner joined Manchester City in 2010 from Aston Villa for a fee of £28.5 million.

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