Premier League - Milner returns to Villa training

PA Sport - Mon, 26 Jul 08:44:00 2010

James Milner returns to training with Aston Villa on Monday and is set to have crunch talks with Martin O'Neill over his long-term future.

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The midfielder, given a month off after England's disappointing World Cup campaign, has been the subject of a rejected 20 million bid from Manchester City.

O'Neill claimed last week that Milner had "intimated" he would like to make the switch to Eastlands after just two seasons with Villa.

But the 24-year-old player disputed those claims from the Villa manager and also insisted he had not been offered a new contract.

O'Neill declined to make any comment after Saturday's win over Bohemians in Dublin.

But he will be aware of the spotlight that will focus on his discussions with Milner, especially as City are expected to increase their bid in the next few days for the former Newcastle midfielder.

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