Manchester City spent much of the summer discussing new deals with key men.
The likes of Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Samir Nasri all committed to fresh terms with the reigning Premier League champions.
Big names one and all and players City know will do the business on the field and generate plenty of income off it.
Joe Hart has also put pen to paper, with England’s number one staying at the Etihad Stadium until 2019.
Why, though, have City not worked harder to resolve James Milner’s future?
It is easy to argue that he is as important to the cause as the more illustrious names mentioned above.
He may not generate as many headlines or sell as many shirts, but City are playing a risky game in leaving him hanging on extension talks.
Milner said in the Daily Star on his current situation: "I hope it will be sorted. We're still in talks. I'm waiting for the club to come back and hopefully they will soon.
"But the main thing is to concentrate on football. There are so many games coming up. If I'm not doing my job on the field because of off-field stuff then that's no good. So I let others take care of it. I just concentrate on football."
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Milner’s current contract is due to expire at the end of the season.
He has been with City since the summer of 2010 and has been a mainstay throughout a period of much change on the blue half of Manchester.
His versatility and work rate makes him a useful asset to Manuel Pellegrini’s ranks and any of number of City’s top-flight rivals would welcome the opportunity to snap him up as a free agent if deal discussions continue to drag on.