Milner up for City fight

Midfielder rejects move speculation

By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo.   Last Updated: 21/07/11 8:09am

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James Milner has vowed to fight for his place in Roberto Mancini's star-studded Manchester City team next season.

The England international struggled to hold down a regular spot in the starting line-up last season following his arrival from Aston Villa.

Milner has rejected suggestions that he could leave City this summer and is determined to prove he deserves a place in the side next term.

Big season

"It's a big season for me," said Milner. "You come to a new club and it takes time to find your bearings.

"But now I want to get a foothold in the team and prove to people that I'm good enough to be here and in the team regularly.

"Winning silverware is the only reason why I came here. We did that last season and that showed it was the right move for me. At the end of your career you look back and you want to see a trophy cabinet full of winners' medals.

"You want to be able to tell people, 'I've won this, this and this'. That's what drives me on. That's what I feel I can achieve at this club. I want to be the best player I can and win trophies."

"It's a big season for me. You come to a new club and it takes time to find your bearings. "
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Milner accepts competition for places in City's side is tough, but believes the array of talent at Mancini's disposal can only be good for the club.

"It is tough to get in the team but that's what happens when you're at a top club like this. You want to be pushed as a player, you want to improve," added Milner.

"When you have two or three top-class players in each position it's good for everyone. It is good for the club, the manager and the players because it really challenges you.

"It will make me a better player watching these guys play and train. You know you have to play well and train well if you're going to get a shirt on the Saturday."

Threat

Milner also welcomed Sir Alex Ferguson's admission that City are likely to pose a serious threat to Manchester United's hopes of retaining their Premier League title next season.

"Yes, it's a boost to hear that," said Milner. "You hear positive and negative things said about you , but we'll get on with our job. We know we have to improve as a club and a team but we think we can carry on moving forward.

"You look to improve every year and we did that last year. Now we'll be looking to do that again. Finishing third was a very good season for us and also winning the FA Cup.

"But now we'll be looking to top that, so a natural progression would be to finish second and really push hard for the title. We think it could be a possibility."

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