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Martin O'Neill: Milner update
Gaffer on James Milner future.
8th Aug 2010
Martin O'Neill: Milner update


By Paul Brown

Martin O'Neill revealed he left James Milner out of the Valencia pre-season friendly because of the possibility of his move to Manchester City being completed in the next few days.

O'Neill said there had been fresh contact between Villa and Manchester City as both clubs looked to resolve the situation concerning the England international.

He said: "We didn't play him tonight primarily because there could be something happening in terms of the transfer.

"He had a few twinges in his back anyway but that's beside the point really.

"I thought it would be the best thing to do not to play him tonight in case something develops over the weekend or Monday or Tuesday. Really that's where we stand.

"I just thought it was probably in the best interests. Obviously there's the possibility of something happening over the next few days.

"Until that possibility actually develops or whether it doesn't, I thought the best thing to do was just to leave him out of it tonight.

"I think there's been fresh contact. I couldn't tell you whether there's been a renewed offer.

"I think there is something in that there now, yes [getting it concluded quickly]. I agree.

"I think that's for everyone's benefit really, it's probably time to get something done if it's at all possible.

"And I think that was the aim anyway when the teams were talking. But, as we mentioned, I'm unable to furnish you with further details at this moment.

"I think losing your best players at the football club would obviously cause you a headache. That's a problem, it's a problem because you're trying to build something and something like this happens.

"It happened obviously two seasons ago with Gareth - a few seasons ago now - the two years ago when it didn't get resolved and I'm not so sure anyone wants to go down that route again."

O'Neill confirmed Nicky Shorey was undergoing a medical at the Hawthorns regarding a move to West Brom.

He continued: "Nicky has gone over there for a medical. I would have liked to have filled you in to let you know if that had progressed at this minute but I do know he was going for a medical today.

"I know some fee had been agreed but like anything else until it's all done and dusted these days you never know.

"It seemed that everything was in place at the time."

O'Neill denied stories this morning linking Emile Heskey with a move to Bristol City.

He added: "That's not true. I can definitely tell you that's not true."


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