James Milner to Manchester City
It’s been on the cards for a few weeks now and after much speculation James Milner has finally completed a transfer to Manchester City. The deal will see Milner head to City on a 5 year deal, but will also see Stephen Ireland depart the Manchester side and head for Villa Park. Actual figures have not yet been disclosed but the transfer is estimated to be worth £26 million, taking the club’s spending spree to almost £150 million since May. Commenting on his latest acquisition, Roberto Mancini acknowledged that despite his already undoubted talents, Milner can become and even better player, stating: "He can improve and be a great player for Manchester City for a long time."
Milner already looks to be in good form this season, scoring in Aston Villa’s opening game of the season against West Ham and he is certainly not short of the type of ambition the new look Manchester City expect. "I'm ambitious and I want to win trophies here. I believe this is a great place to do that and I believe we will do it.” Indeed, with a squad literally saturated with world class players, the decision for Milner to make the move north was an easy one, "it didn't take too much selling by the boss when you see the players who are already here and the plans for the club."
Milner will be unavailable for City’s next game which is against FC Timisoara in the Europa League, but he will be able to don his new light blue shirt against Liverpool next Monday.