Daily Star: Milner demands crunch talks
- 24 May 2014 08:52
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
A few familiar stories raise their heads this morning in the first instalment of this weekend’s media roundup.
First off, one yarn that has had more twists and turns than the final few weeks of the season is that of James Milner’s future.
Just days after reports that the midfielder would be offered an improved four year deal, he’s hit the headlines again – this time, according to the Daily Star, demanding crunch talks.
“He has not been offered a new deal and several clubs are keen to sign him this summer, with Arsenal and Liverpool leading the chase for the former Leeds, Newcastle and Aston Villa star,” claims Jeremy Cross.
“He could choose to run down his contract and leave Pellegrini's men for nothing next summer, but City are loathed to let him go for nothing.
“It means Milner will go into the World Cup in Brazil with the Three Lions with his future up in the air. But Milner knows if he has a good tournament with Roy Hodgson's men he will strengthen his position.
“But he wants to sit down with Pellegrini first and discuss his situation after the World Cup, before making a decision.
“He wants to know which players Pellegrini is signing this summer and how this might affect his chances of getting in the team.”
“Manchester City have been heavily linked with £24m-rated Benatia as they seek to secure a replacement for the departing Joleon Lescott,” writes Rhys Turrell.
“Liverpool are also eyeing defensive reinforcements, while Chelsea may make a move if David Luiz completes a switch to Paris St-Germain."
The 21-year-old has had an excellent season in Ligue 1 following his big money move from Porto last summer.
“The 22-year-old, who has been compared to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, looks an outstanding prospect, and has been linked with City in the past as they possibly consider making some changes to their attack this summer,” claims Mark Brus.
“The Premier League champions could have plenty of money to invest in new forwards if Sergio Aguero leaves for Real Madrid or Barcelona, and it is thought that Rodriguez would be the top target for manager Manuel Pellegrini.”
Hmmm, that's a massive 'if'!
Finally, fresh of the back of a busy season at U-18 level, City’s Jack Byrne will be looking to make his Ireland U-21 debut against Qatar in Aachen this evening.
“The Dubliner – the youngest member in Noel King's experimental squad – is set for an exciting future based upon the esteem in which he is held by Manuel Pellegrini and Patrick Vieira,” reports the Irish Independent.
“City's first-team manager sanctioned a three-year professional contract for the midfielder, who turned 18 last month, after inviting him to train with the club's galaxy of stars earlier in the season.
“Vieira, meanwhile, fast-tracked Byrne into his U-21 squad, affording him a role in the club's UEFA Youth Champions League campaign that included involvement in the 6-0 whitewash of Bayern Munich.”
Good luck Jack!