Milner - City a tight group
James Milner is the latest Man City player to insist there are no divisions within the squad.
Last Updated: 05/11/10 7:54am
James Milner has become the latest Manchester City player to insist there are no divisions within Roberto Mancini's squad.
Reports of rifts in the City camp have been rife over the past few days after the club suffered back-to-back defeats in the Premier League.
Milner was involved in a row with Yaya Toure in the 3-0 home reverse by Arsenal, while Vincent Kompany and Emmanuel Adebayor had an on-pitch argument during last Saturday's 2-1 loss at Wolves.
However, after Kolo Toure, Gareth Barry and Adebayor all stressed earlier in the week there are no splits in the dressing room, Milner revealed the rumours will only bring the players even closer together.
"When we see nonsense written in the papers it pulls us closer together," he said. "When it seems like the whole world is against you that is when you pull together.
"These things will make us stronger as a football club. You go through times when things aren't quite right and it's important to keep things right off the field.
"I've been at Newcastle and Leeds where the press seemed to be outside the training ground whenever you drove in. We can't control what's off the field, we can only control results.
"(Having on-field disagreements) says we're very hungry to win football matches. We'd be worried if there wasn't that hunger because we're desperate to win trophies.
"In changing rooms up and down the country you'll see people disagreeing, but it's forgotten as soon as you step off the pitch. We're a tight group.
"Yaya and I are two players who want to win the game and it ends soon as you step off pitch. It's a great bunch of lads.
"There are a lot of things written which are untrue, You read them, you hear them, and you think 'that sounds ridiculous'."
As for the claims that several players are unhappy with Mancini's methods, Milner was unequivocal, saying: "It's another story and where it's come from who knows. Every single person at the club is desperate to do well and win trophies.
"When you look at the manager's record he's obviously a top manager. We're very lucky to have him and the backroom staff. The club is set up for us to be successful and hopefully we get there as soon as we can."