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Villa hero Merson convinced Milner will leave

Aston Villa hero Paul Merson is convinced James Milner will be sold this summer.

Villa have already rejected a bid of £20m from Manchester City for Milner, with Manchester United and Liverpool also keen on the England international.

Merson told the Express & Star: "I'd be shocked if Milner is at Villa next season. When a club like Manchester City come in at £20m, if they want him they'll go again. A few extra million is nothing to them.

"It's a lot of money to turn down but the worrying thing for me is that Villa haven't come out and said he's not for sale. It's all the encouragement that City need.

"He will want to go and win something. Villa had a phenomenal season last year and yet they won nothing.

"It just shows you how difficult it is for Aston Villa Football Club - and that was with a lot of players playing a lot of games. The team was pretty settled all the way through."

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