Lerner expects Milner stay
Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner insists he is not worried about losing star midfielder James Milner.
Last Updated: 20/05/10 6:43am
Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner insists he is not worried about losing star midfielder James Milner this summer.
Skysports.com revealed on Monday that Manchester City had stepped up their interest in Milner by tabling a firm offer for the England man, while Chelsea are also thought to be keeping a watching brief on the player.
Milner has established himself as one of the most sought-after players in England after a superb campaign for Villa.
It has been suggested Villa may have to sell before they can buy this summer with Milner one of their most saleable assets.
However, Lerner insists former Leeds and Newcastle ace Milner will remain at Villa Park next season.
"I'm not worried about losing James Milner. I think James will play for Aston Villa and should play for Aston Villa," Lerner told the Daily Mail.
"I'm not dismissive of the realities that a player that has received the attention and acclaim of James is going to spark discussion and debate about a move and so on. The answer is "No", I don't worry about him leaving because he is wanted at this club."
Milner, who is part of England's World Cup squad, was named PFA Young Player of the Year last season and he is set to find himself involved in a transfer battle this summer.