Manchester City boss confident James Milner will not leave the club

James Milner’s contract at the Etihad Stadium expires this summer.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has told reporters of the Daily Mail that he is confident midfielder James Milner will extend his contract at the club.

The England international has just four months of his current deal remaining at the Etihad Stadium, sparking speculation over his future.

Milner is often looked upon by observers as a dull player, largely lacking in creativity and enthusiasm.

Such opinions, however, are extremely harsh and his effectiveness and influence for both City and the national team are extremely underrated.

This season, the 29-year-old has five assists to his name in 12 Premier League starts and his startling performance in Rome was a key factor in the Citizens Champions League progression.

He offers balance, width, ball retention and excellent defensive qualities – attributes which clearly don’t coincide with the average fans’ enthusiasm for the multiple step-overs and flashy runs.

His time at the Etihad may be edging towards a conclusion as his current terms run down, but Pellegrini remains confident that Milner will be a City player next season.

“I think he will make the correct arrangement here. James is a very important player for our team also. I suppose he will have an arrangement soon,” the Chilean boss was quoted by the Daily Mail.

“Knowing the way he thinks, we will see the same Milner with a contract, without a contract, he is a great professional.”

The report in the Daily Mail goes on to suggest that Milner’s future at the club will be dependent on whether he can nail down a regular starting berth – especially in the club’s big matches.

The former Aston Villa man moved to the Citizens in 2010 and has played an important role in the club’s two Premier League triumphs and FA Cup success in 2011.

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