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Ireland's Last City Stand

Ireland's Last City Stand

Erstwhile City Superman and the club's former Player of The Year Stephen Ireland is alledgedly holding out for a contract pay off before accepting a move to Aston Villa...

Major newswires are now starting to report the story as the longest running transfer saga of the season, that of James Milner from Villa to City, fails to be completed.

This much we know already. Milner was all set to head up to Manchester from London after England's friendly game against Hungary on Wednesday night but was told to wait with his City medical put on the back burner.

The deal between The Blues and The Villans is said to involve £18 million cash from City to the midlanders alongside the former Republic of Ireland international Ireland.

BBC Sport reports Friday morning that Ireland and his agent are holding out for a £2 million pay off which other sources report is perceived to be a warranted loyalty bonus by the Ireland camp.

As the countdown to the new season continues 'Milnergate' is almost certain to rumble on in limbo unless the Ireland situation is not resolved.

It would be a great shame for Ireland's association with the club that gave him his big chance in football to end upon an unsavoury note.

More VMC news on this intriguing week of transfer activity as we get it...

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Bluey Armstrong VMC Newsdesk
Date:Friday August 13 2010
Time: 8:31AM


Yeah. I'm disappointed with this. I've seen Ireland come through the ranks and at times he has pound-for-pound been the best footballer at the Club. He's probably having to accept less money at Vill and his agent may see City as a way of balancing that up. A loyalty bonus? He's leaving and leaving because he didn't deliver last season and is showing no sign of doing so this season. My suggestion is that maybe we've been loyal to him. Send us a refund Stevie, lad!!
13/08/2010 09:00:00
Is this not similar to the Richard Dunne to Villa scenario????
13/08/2010 09:32:00
I'm dissapointed to read about Stevie making pay off demands, I personally think players need to accept that you aren't always going to be in a manager's plans, and now this 25 man squad rule is here its something they are going to have to just accept. On top of that he is actually fortunate enough to be going to a top six side so its not as if he's being left out in the cold. As pedmachine says he has been one of our best footballers at times and its sad to see him go but thats just the reality of the situation and I thikn to ask for any money given all the club has don for his career is a bit gash.
Paul Calf
13/08/2010 09:39:00
Guys come on. He is leaving because he is being pushed. Its perfectly obvious that he has been told go to Villa because you have no future here. In those circumstances, and working for the biggest club in the world, you would do exactly the same thing. Its probably in his bloomin contract! He did sign a new deal not 18 months ago under Hughes. None of you would walk away from that money if it was owed to you. I say give him 2 million quid. Then he can buy me a pint.
13/08/2010 09:51:00
Can I suggest we do a straight cash deal for Milner and leave Ireland to ponder life outside the 25 man squad until January? We clearly want Milner, we clearly don't want Irealnd, so why let a bitter player scupper a deal for someone we do actually want? Come January Ireland will be begging us to leave.
13/08/2010 09:53:00
i wish this transfer would just happen its taking too long and its stopping us frim buying other players which we need, although we dont have much money we still have a few quid
13/08/2010 10:02:00
Ireland, STFU, sign the contract at Villa, and be remembered for the good things you did! not the squabbling over the money you MAY OR MAY NOT be owed, as you did not do yourself proud last season as it looked like you were just going through the motions.....who knows you may get an ovation when tou come back to Eastlands like the way Dunnie, and Dickov and The goat have...... All for that 1 season eh....
13/08/2010 19:50:00
DarthGonzo - BIGGEST club in the world are you???? Don't make me p*ss myself!!!!! Richest maybe, but let us know when you've caught up with ManU, Chelsea, The Arse, Villa, Spurs, Everton, Forest - and that's only in England! Don't get above your station for at least 15 years mate! Ha ha ha... *****.
13/08/2010 20:47:00
and Liverpool obviously!
13/08/2010 20:48:00
I'am with you FCB let him sit around for a few months and see how he feels then's not the 2 mil lets face it its loose change for MCFC .... it is the principle City have invested a lot of time and effort in him and he should be grateful.
13/08/2010 21:08:00
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