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James Milner in action on England duty. (Photo from Getty Images).
James Milner in action on England duty. (Photo from Getty Images).

After the reports of the interest, and subsequent rejection of the £20million bid for James Milner, the situation now appears to be back in limbo, with neither parties yet to make a follow-up move.

Interestingly though, Milner himself made some very interesting comments at his press conference whilst at England's pre-World Cup camp. Whilst not revealing anything as such, his lack of commitment to Villa (or even a "no comment" line) revealed plenty. Milner's words were:

"I want to finish my career, go into my trophy room and see winners' medals," he said. "I've enjoyed my time at Aston Villa, it's a great club to be at and we are moving forward in the right direction ," Milner said. "Do I expect to be at Villa next season? I don't know.

Now - and as Jack over at TLDORC states - this isn't a come and get me 'plea', yet you do feel there is sufficient encouragement publicly for an increased bid to tabled, with both the Telegraph and Express & Star suggesting bids in the region of £30million could be forthcoming, although such a leap from opening to follow-up bid would be unlikely.

The Telegraph also reports that Villa could be stung into action to try and seek at least a reassurance from Milner that he intends to remain at the club, with the promise of a contract extension a possibility.

With the new found riches, to some degree the club are still feeling their way at this level in the transfer market. There have been successes, high-profile misses and of course, long drawn out sagas that benefited nobody. 

I imagine this will be a familiar refrain, but having experienced the very public and acrimonious dispute with Everton with the acquisition of Joleon Lescott, the hope is that important lessons have been learned.