‘Pack your bags and leave tonight’ is one of the lyrics to Wham’s ‘Club Tropicana’ and it’s a sentiment that will be shared by James Milner after he handed in a request to leave Newcastle this week. The winger is one of the star talents in the Magpies squad, although the PFA claim that United might have held on to him if they had been prepared to offer a new and improved contract.
The Guardian reports that the Tyneside club might have shot themselves in the foot on this one, due to their reluctance to sit down with the player and offer him a fresh deal to remain a Magpie.
Mick McGuire, the Professional Footballers’ Association deputy chief executive, has accused Newcastle United of leaving James Milner with “no option” but to submit a transfer request as Aston Villa edge closer to completing a £10m deal for the England Under-21 international.
McGuire, who represents Milner, said: “I note the comments on the [Newcastle] website, the contents of which disappoint me because James Milner was left with no option, in his opinion, but to formally ask for a transfer following the club’s total refusal to offer him a new contract,” said McGuire.”The contract which was signed a year ago was agreed more than 11 months before that, when they refused to let his transfer to Aston Villa go through on deadline day [in August 2006]. A new deal was agreed in principle and it took until the following July to be established. In that time James has played two seasons in Newcastle’s first team and he was asking for a [salary] figure that reflects that. James feels that his salary does not reflect his value in the market.”
Newcastle fans, are you a bit miffed as to why this player has been allowed to leave in this way? It appears that Milner is just starting to hit his peak, especially if Kevin Keegan’s comments about him playing for England are to be believed. Or would you prefer to take £10 million for the player and buy someone else?