Postecoglou: Milligan is Almost Irreplaceable

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Victory boss believes his star player should stay at Melbourne

Melbourne Victory boss Ange Postecoglou didn’t mince his words yesterday when asked about the future of Dark Blue’s midfielder Mark Milligan.

Crystal Palace boss Ian Hollaway put in a $1m bid for the 28-year-old.

Though the chance to link up with Mile Jedinak may have been an enticing one for Milligan, the bid was rejected out of hand by Victory.

Speaking to The World Game Postecoglou reiterated the players importance to the club: “Anything can happen till the end of the transfer window but as far as we are concerned Milligan is far too important for us to lose.

”He is so important that he is almost irreplaceable.”

The victory coach also poured scorn on the idea that the club is holding Milligan back: “People might assume that Milligan would be disappointed at missing out on a dream transfer but it is not the case.

”Milligan is playing for a club that has 20,000 members and at the end of the season, where he should play regularly, he has a World Cup to look forward to.

”We are not a consolation prize.

”For Milligan it is not about money or profile. He loves the club and he’s happy here and I have seen nothing in his attitude to suggest otherwise.”

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