James Milner 'wants new Manchester City contract'

England midfielder James Milner says he is ready to sign a new contract with Manchester City, despite having been linked with a move away in recent months.

James Milner has seemingly performed a U-turn by revealing that he is looking to sign a new contract with Manchester City.

The England international midfielder had been linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium, but appears to have changed his mind after being given more first-team action by manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Milner, whose current deal at the Etihad Stadium expires at the end of the season, told The Mirror: "I'd love to stay at City. That's the bottom line. It's a no-brainer for me. I want to be here. I would love to sign a new contract.

"We are talking, but there hasn't been an actual contact offer yet. Obviously I'd like things to be sorted sooner rather than later, but I'm not putting a timescale on it."

Milner is in contention to start Sunday's derby with Manchester United, with the Blues looking to reduce the nine-point gap to Premier League leaders Chelsea.

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