Milner says he has changed since having a baby.
Manchester City midfielder James Milner says having a baby has changed him and that he wants to become more of a father figure to his teammates in the dressing room as a result.
Milner has played a key role in Manuel Pellegrini’s side this season, but with his current contract expiring in the summer his future at the Etihad Stadium remains in doubt and Arsenal and Liverpool have been heavily linked with the 29-year-old.
Not that it seems to be bothering the England international, who is simply concentrating on parenthood and also what his new role as a Dad can bring to his career.
“Having a child is massive in your life and changes you as a person – but I’m loving every minute of it,” Milner was quoted by the Sun.
“It’s the biggest thing you can go through, a great thing that so many people experience.
“My part in the dressing room is bigger now.
“I have seen a lot. You are always learning – but off the field you also learn to deal with things.
“Hopefully I can help my team-mates as well, the young guys coming through sticky situations.
“In the England set-up, I’m one of the more senior players. I think coming through for Leeds and playing at only 16 meant I had to grow up pretty quickly anyway – straight from school to playing Premier League football.
“You have to grow up quickly and come to terms with things like the media, dealing with criticism and people wanting to shoot you down.
“That probably had to happen, I’ve felt it for a long time. I’m only 29 but I’ve probably got the football experience of a 32-year-old.”
Milner joined City from Aston Villa in a £26m deal back in 2010 and has since played 186 matches in all competitions, including 28 appearances this season.
The Englishman has since won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and League Cup and after voicing his frustration at a lack of first team football to Pellegrini has become a more established figure in the Citizens starting XI.