Date: 13th July 2010 at 3:31pm
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Martin O’Neill had admittedly that although it’s probably likely Milly will be leaving for pastures new, he still does retain some hope.

Speaking to Sky Sports News a reporter asked him the direct question of whether he was hopeful of keeping Milner at the club for next season, and O’Neill answered with:

‘Well, I don’t know about that,’ before explaining that these days ‘if’ a player wants to leave then there’s very little the club can do about it and with the money flowing around these days events like this are happening more and more and it is becoming more difficult to plan for success because you never quite know when somebody will be poached, tempted or tapped…although to be fair those are my words, not O’Neill’s.

‘But what I will say is we have a better chance of performing in the manner in which we did last season if we could keep the best players and James Milner comes into that equation.’

Now some fans will jump on that in terms of performance and entertainment but that I think would be unfair, as O’Neill is clearly referring to Top 6 finish and he is right that we will only look to crack that Top 4 by keeping our best players and then strengthening in other areas.

So presumably whilst Monny still has that aim, he will harbour some hope of keeping Milner and convincing him to stay instead of heading for the dull lights of Man City.

Plenty of others think we should cash in, but I’m not one of them, but if he does decide he wants out £25 million minimum would do, as long as we used it wisely.

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