Micah Richards, in today's interview with the excellent Henry Winter, likely let us all into the inner workings of the James Milner contract impasse: it's about contract length, duh.
Rumours of Milner's reluctance to sign to sign a new deal with Manchester City have mostly revolved around 'playing time' or the center midfield position, but recently we have heard the impasse really revolves around the contract length and Micah seems to confirm this:
But I am disappointed so many players have left. It would be a shame if James Milner goes this year because he’s been unbelievable. He gives 100 per cent and proved he can mix it with the big boys. You see players coming in to City for £20 million or £30m on £100,000 or more a week. Then you see a player like James who’s given his all for the team, and the club are umming and ahing over an extra year’s deal. Sign him up. You’ve got players like James who’ll do anything for that club and then you’ve got players who come in on big money and don’t really care and end up going."
Is Milner's reluctance to sign a new deal really all to do with an extra year on any new contract? It sounds plausible if not down right possible. James Milner is a mighty good footballer who, at this stage of his career, is likely interested in a few things regarding his future:
- Security of contract length
- Winning environment
- Playing time
- Fair market value