Man City To Fend Off Arsenal Interest By Offering James Milner a Bumper New Contract

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Milner set to be offered long term deal worth £18.72 million.

Manchester City will look to fend off reported interest from Premier League rivals Arsenal and Liverpool by offering midfield utility man James Milner a long term new contract worth £18.72 million, report the Daily Star, as the England international has grown in prominence in Manuel Pellegrini’s team this season.

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Milner has never quite established himself as undisputed first choice during his entire City career since signing from Premier League rivals Aston Villa, but his current spell is perhaps as close as he has been and City would be loathe to lose such a consistent and quality performer to any one, let alone a potential title rival.

The report suggest that, at one stage last season, Milner was considering quitting the Etihad Stadium on a free transfer at the end of the season due to a lack of regular first team football, but it is likely that his fears have been allayed during the early weeks of this campaign.

If Milner does put pen to paper it will continue a run of City tying up their crucial players to long term deals, with Joe Hart seemingly set to put pen to paper and Aleksandar Kolarov, Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri all having done so already.

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