Date: 29th August 2008 at 1:35pm
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Aston Villa have confirmed the return of England Under-21 international James Milner to Villa Park.

Milner, who spent a season on loan to Villa during David O’Leary’s reign and very nearly signed a couple of seasons ago when Martin O’Neill took the helm has finally signed a permanent deal for the claret and blues.

As we reported earlier, the 22-year-old completed a medical at Bodymoor Heath this morning and has since signed a four year deal.

Milner told the official site: ‘A lot has happened at this club since I was last here and I’m obviously delighted to be back. I was so close a couple of years ago but now I’m back. We’ve got a new training ground and a lot of new faces – on the staff and in the playing squad. This is a club on the way up and things have got better and better every season since I was last here. It’s an exciting time to be here. This is a great place to be now. There’s lots of young English talent. The top-four are the top-four and Aston Villa are getting better and better. We should be challenging now and as we look to improve we will be challenging. We’re in the UEFA Cup this season and hopefully we’ll do well in that. The next step then is obviously the Champions League. That’s what we’re working towards.’

He also says that Martin O’Neill was a massive draw from him and admits he was ready to sign two years ago because of the Villa boss.

Milner came within minutes of joining Villa in Martin O’Neill’s first summer at the club before being recalled by then Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder.

Adding, ‘I’m obviously a lot more experienced than when I was last here but I’m still young and still learning. This is a superb place to be with the players, the manager and the coaching staff we have here. With the set-up that we have here now, if I can’t become a better player with Aston Villa, I’m not going to develop anywhere.’

Great signing I reckon and so do another 68% who voted in our last poll which asked what you thought the Milner signing (yet to be done then) would be:

A great signing (68%)

A good signing (20%)

Would rather Shaun Wright-Phillips (9%)

An average signing (2%)

A poor signing (1%)

Unsure (0%)

So there you go, another good step to Villa pushing the top four.

NEXT!!!!!!!!!!!!!?