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Milner finally confirmed at Man City by Mancini

Milner arrives for his medical in Manchester

FINALLY! The most protracted (boring) transfer saga of the summer has finally been put to bed after James Milner put pen-to-paper on a new deal at mega bucks Manchester City.

The deal has seen Stephen ‘show me the money’ Ireland complete a move in the opposite direction to Aston Villa for a fee worth around €8 million. All of which means Milner’s transfer price is roughly €18 million. Good thing City waited around long enough to get the right deal, after all it would have been a travesty if they had over-paid for the England wide man. (coughs in a sort of a ‘he’s not worth €18m sort of a way).

Aston Villa have done quite nicely out of this deal and although Stephen Ireland is widely adjudged to be a bit of a lunatic (albeit a lunatic with an agent who manages to secure him €1.5million to leave a job) he is a fine player when he is trusted by a manager. And who better to trust him than former Ireland no.2 Kevin MacDonald who was in the Ireland (team) set-up when Ireland (player) faked the death of his two grandmothers.

Villa now have the cash to go and sign a couple of other decent players. They may well look no further than Man City too after Roque Santa Cruz was left out of the club’s Europa League squad, indicating he will be next to move on from Manchester,

Speaking about the deal, Man City boss Roberto Mancini said: ‘I am very happy to have James with us, everybody knows we have admired him for some time. ‘He is an excellent midfielder, who can play in a number of positions. This is important for the team, and I am looking forward to seeing him play for us. We have a very strong squad, and this signing is a very important one for us. ‘James he is already a very good player, who has proved he can play at the very top level. But he is also young and a good character, I think he can also improve and be a great player for Manchester City for a long time.’

On Ireland’s departure, Mancini added: ‘I hope things go well for Stevie at Villa. He is also a very good player, and he has played a big part in City’s history. I think he will enjoy the change of being at another club, and I hope he does well for Aston Villa.’

James Milner is not in the Europa League squad for tomorrow night’s game but could make his debut alongside Mario Balotelli against Liverpool on Monday night. Spare a thought for poor Roy Hodgson, imagine having to guess what team Man City will put out….the mind boggles.

  1. fitz124
    August 18, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Milner’s profile was up on the Man City website within minutes of today’s announcement: http://www.mcfc.co.uk/Players/Midfielders/James-Milner

  1. August 18, 2010 at 6:53 pm

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