James Milner on the great advice he received from Leeds United veteran Nigel Martyn

James Milner outside stadium

The Liverpool midfielder has spoken about his time at Leeds with the former England goalkeeper.

Leeds United have recently continued their reputation for bringing in top talent and it has been that way for some time now.

One of their best recruits from recent years would have to be James Milner.

The Wortley-lad spent eight years with his boyhood club before moving to Newcastle United in 2004.

He has since gone on to play for Aston Villa and Manchester City, make over 50 caps for the England national team and win the Premier League title twice.

Not a bad return from the former Leeds player.

But he has revealed to the national press the advice he got from a team-mate at Leeds when he was a kid that has put him in good stead for the rest of his career.

Speaking to The Sun he stated:

I remember Nigel Martyn at Leeds used to joke that he was old enough to be my dad.

“He would always say to me: ‘Enjoy it, because it is going to fly’.

“I’d say to him: ‘Behave, Nige, I’m only 16.’ But he was right — 14, 15 years goes like that [clicks fingers].

“You don’t want any regrets. Hopefully I have still got a few years left.”

Milner's career may have flown by to him but for many a fan, including those at Leeds United, they will struggle to believe he is still only 30-years-old.

It seems like an age ago that he first stepped into Leeds action in the Premier League but now, as vice-captain of Liverpool, perhaps his most exciting years are yet to come.

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