Aston Villa boss O’Neill admits Milner close to Man City move

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill says James Milner could be on his way to Manchester City.

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill says James Milner could be on his way to Manchester City.

City boss Roberto Mancini is still keen to sign Milner and O'Neill believes developments could be imminent as talks between the clubs are ongoing.

O'Neill, speaking after his side's friendly against Valencia at Villa Park tonight, said: "We didn't play him against Valencia because there could be something happening in terms of the transfer over the weekend or Monday or Tuesday.

"Until that possibly develops I thought it best to leave him out of the Valencia game.

"To my knowledge no fee has been agreed but talks are taking place involving our chief executive and the chairman.

"I think for everyone's benefit it is probably time to try and get something done.

"Losing your best players at the club obviously causes you a headache and it is a problem.

"It happened two years ago with Gareth Barry when it was not resolved. I’m sure that no-one wants to go down that route again.

"If and when the transfer takes place I will have to speak to the chairman about future transfer dealings."

 
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