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City and England International James Milner is ready to face Liverpool on Monday night at Eastlands, promising to strive for the club to the best of his ability...

24 year old Milner has grown in stature within the English game from his development at Leeds through to representing Newcastle United and Aston Villa in the top flight.

An excellent reader of the game and reknowned for his professionalism, the Yorkshireman told our official site that he intends to remain as flexible as possible for Roberto Mancini as the new season gathers pace:

'Wherever the manager wants me to play, I'll do it to the best of my ability...I enjoy playing in the middle - that's probably my best position and where I've shown by best form over the past 18 months. I've been at my most creative and scored goals from there and I've enjoyed it immensely. I think that's where the boss has signed me to play, but if he asks me to play anywhere else I'll do what is best for the team.

'...As long as we're winning football matches, that's all that counts.'


Despite the successes of superstar laden sides such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Chelsea, much has been made by football journalists of predicted player disharmony over squad rotation at City. Milner has this to say about the alledged problem:

'You need competition at any successful club, because if players are comfortable whether they play well or not then performances are going to slip. You need players pushing each other every day to step out on that pitch, and if you know you are going to be replaced if you don't perform, then that's healthy for the team.'

And in absolute contrast to ex Blues midfielder Stephen Ireland's venomous anti-City press conference where the Irishman rated himself a better player than any City signing this year, the 12 times capped England player said:

'I enjoyed every second at Villa and the fans were brilliant to me. Stephen's a good player who gives his all and was loved by the fans here with good reason. Hopefully I can show them what I'm all about.'

The sheer fury growing in Manchester over Ireland's bitter tirade has been tempered somewhat by Milner's professional focus.

Welcome to Manchester City, James.





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Writer: Bluey Armstrong VMC Newsdesk Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 21 2010

Time: 3:51PM

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he said he enjoyed every second at villa but for man city in a few months he will be saying "I wish I never left villa!"
Avfc94 we do
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21/08/2010 16:16:00

Good grief.
Johnny Baguette
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21/08/2010 17:06:00

Amazing comparing the attitudes of a true professional like Milner and a mental headcase like Ireland. Shows their differences as human beings and as footballers.
StuMCFC
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21/08/2010 17:12:00

One was forced out of a club after giving years of service - the other one went for more money....how can you compare apples and oranges? Whatever makes you feel better.
los_angeles_villan
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21/08/2010 18:17:00

Years of service? One good year. He had been given ample opportunity to fight for his place by Mancini, but has failed miserably on every occasion. City gave him years of education and a lucrative contract to boot, and this is how he repays the club. Think about it for a minute, is that the kind of self serving ********* you want at your club? I'd much rather have someone like Milner who is a great pro and will give his all every time he steps onto a pitch.
Bluedub
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21/08/2010 18:37:00

Now now lads, let's resist the temptation to turn this into a slanging match on the relative merits of James Milner and Stephen Ireland! Jimbo is a great professional and will be hugely missed at Villa, whether or not Stephen Ireland cuts the mustard or not. (And I hope that the latter will get his head right and fulfil his potentia in claret and blue.) Indeed I have said elsewhere that I really like the idea of Jimmy doing a "Sid" Cowans at some time in the future and returning to ply his considerable talents in Birmingham 6.
bbj
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21/08/2010 19:41:00

los-angeles-villan, keep chanting that mantra, you may end up believeing it. Ask any prem team (except one and a few axe-to-grind fans) who they'd rather have!!
RobsonGreensleeves
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21/08/2010 20:45:00

He gives his best for every team, But his best may not be good enough for city. As for ireland aslong as he starts excellent i dont care if he goes crap, Fabian delph will be back and will be better than both ireland and milner in my opinion. He just needs to be stronger than he will be ace.
P.Avfc
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21/08/2010 21:52:00

los_angeles_villan ...instead of carrying on about how badly City treat there players like Ireland ...who was given his chances and blew them ....drop a line to Michael Johnson and ask him how badly treated he has been ...............
Doody
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21/08/2010 22:47:00

Pointless debating who is the better player between James Milner and Stephen Ireland, They are both complete different players. Milner is a grafter who will give his all for any club and every game, he will run tirelessly, and win possetion, he is a great box to box midfielder and a good engine if playing cm, he is also very versitile. As for Ireland he is a lot more attacking that Milner, He is better cutting defences open, He makes alot more good runs into the box than milner and can give good link up play. Ireland is basically an AM, and Milner is a box to box midfielder. Both have similarities and differences but end of the day they are both talented young players and will both have big impacts on there new clubs. I still feel villa have the better of the deal though.
P.Avfc
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21/08/2010 23:38:00

Can understand why he made this move. In fairness, on paper one teams looks like better than the other. Having said that, where have the Le Tissiers of this world gone to?
ForeverUnited
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22/08/2010 07:32:00

Newcastle United SIX Aston Villa 0....everything we've been saying here about Ireland's anonymity and lack of effort when the chips are down confirmed. 1 shot on goal mustered by easily the worst powder puff Villa side I've seen in 4 years.
Johnny Baguette
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22/08/2010 15:32:00

Pavfc - His best may not be good enough for City? I hope you're wrong, but it's nice to hear you rate our team as being so much better than your own.
fifthcolumnblue
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22/08/2010 22:52:00

 

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