"I told him 'no, we can't sign any' that was because they had some big-name players that would have cost a bit - even in a firesale.
"But I told Bobby that there was one player he might be able to sneak out - the young boy, Milner who plays up-front.
"I always got the feeling that some didn't really fancy him - there was negativity over his end product.
"But for me, what a player.
"Every time I went up to the training ground, he was on the pitch, practising and practising.
"Even when I went down to Villa for a behind closed doors game, who was last off the pitch? It was Milner again.
"He just had an amazing attitude, just unbelievable."