City training shocks Clichy
James Milner has revealed Gael Clichy has been shocked by the tackling of his new Man City team-mates.
Last Updated: 15/07/11 11:24am
James Milner has revealed Gael Clichy has been shocked by the tackling of his new Manchester City team-mates.
The French left-back was City's first summer signing after spending the last eight years with Arsenal.
The £7million signing has travelled with the Blues on their pre-season tour of America.
And midfielder Milner has spoken of Clichy's surprise at City's full-blooded approach to training.
"Gael hasn't been here too long but he's seen a few tackles fly in," he told The Sun.
"He's surprised at that because at Arsenal they don't tackle too much in training. We train as we play, but as soon as we come off the field everyone is together.
"It's good to go on tour for the fitness but with the new boys it's good to spend time with them.
"They'll get to know us a lot quicker spending two-and-a-half weeks on the road rather than a few hours in training."
It was Milner who was a new arrival last summer after making a £26million move from Aston Villa, but he struggled to hold down a regular starting berth last season.
Roberto Mancini tended to use the England international in a wide role and Milner hopes his pre-season form convinces the City boss to give him more action in centre midfield during the coming campaign.
"He knows my best position is the middle and I think that too," Milner added.
"Hopefully I've shown that when I've had a chance to play there but I'll just keep working hard."