Martin O’Neill wants to keep one of Villa Park’s prized assets at the club by offering huge pay increase.
Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill keen to negotiate new deal with James Milner
Aston Villa intend to reward James Milner’s recent performances, which have “defied belief” according to his manager Martin O’Neill.
The club intend to open contract negotiations with the midfielder at the end of the season, making the 24 year-old one of the highest earners at Villa Park should he agree a new deal.
Milner will only be halfway through his four-year contract, yet O’Neill is keen to tie the player down to an extension.
It will cost the club dearly, for Milner, who signed for £12 million in 2008, is understood to earn £45,000 a week, which would probably rise by £20,000 under a new contract.
“With him playing so well for us it would be important if we can do something,” O’Neill said. “I have phenomenal regard for two world-class players in [Frank] Lampard and [Steven] Gerrard, but James is playing as strongly as anybody in the Premier League.” (Telegraph)
James Milner is one of those players who for a couple of years only appeared to be deemed a quality player by his own fans or by those in the know who could see what the wide-man was capable of. In recent months he has been in blistering form and has become a mainstay of Fabio Capello’s squad and could now be one of the key players in the England set up for the forthcoming World Cup and Martin O’Neill is rightly worried that the 24 year old may attract even more attention in South Africa and wants to nail the former Newcastle and Leeds man to a new contract.
Will the new deal persuade the Jamie Bell lookalike to stay and ignore any potential offers from supposedly ‘bigger’ teams? Well thats a tough one. One would hope that he would repay the faith shown in him by his Villa Park employers rather than consider a move to a Champions League level side but then who knows.