James Milner’s sudden desire to leave Manchester City has put both Arsenal and Liverpool on alert, with both sides expressing an interest in the England international, according to The Times. His desire to move stems from him finding himself on the fringes of the first team this season, with Pellegrini favouring other players to him.
With UEFA tightening their restrictions on City next season, including a need for eight homegrown talents in their shrunken 21-man Champions League squad, City are not particularly keen to lose a player who has developed into an incredibly versatile asset in the City squad.
Liverpool have lacked a player of Milner’s style in midfield, and this was symbolised by the manner in which they were repeatedly overrun after the sending off and subsequent suspension of Jordan Henderson during their clash with City.
Milner will take part in England’s World Cup efforts this summer. He is highly rated by manager Roy Hodgson, but Hodgson would find Milner’s selection ahead of other players who’ve played more football criticised.
Speaking to Sky Italia, Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic has said that he has no interest in leaving Manchester City this summer, despite rumours linking him to a return to Italy with Napoli and his stop-start injury hampered debut campaign in the Premier League.
In his interview with the Italian broadcaster, he said: “I will stay at City, I have not even thought about returning to Italy.
“I am happy here and know that I will play more next season.”
Jovetic was unfortunately struck by injury shortly after his arrival from Fiorentina. Despite being a star at the Viola, he struggled to make an impression at City and was only able to make his debut in September 2013. He then suffered another injury, making his return in January and finishing a title winning season with a haul of six goals.
He added: “When I was fit, I played 30-40 minutes, sometimes even as a starter.
“I’m sure that next year, when I spend more time preparing with the team, I will play more and score more.
“I came here to stay for a long time, and I think that for a first season, two trophies is okay.”
Supposed Liverpool target Javier Pastore has come out and denied suggestions that he is looking to leave Paris Saint Germain ahead of the World Cup.
Pastore has had his opportunities limited somewhat this season by the good form of others in the squad, making only 12 appearances last season, but with PSG having secured a second consecutive league title, the Argentine clearly does not want to depart.
Speaking to Le 10 Sport, Pastore said: “It has not even gone through my head to leave.
“Here I can play and win titles, something that I have not yet managed to do elsewhere.
“[PSG] are also a great team, it would be very hard for me to leave.”
Pastore was part of the initial steps taken by PSG to establish themselves as a European force, signed from Palermo in 2011 for €39.8 million. He has since gone on to make 79 appearances for PSG during his three years at the club.
Liverpool have apparently targeted Pastore as an addition to their squad as they begin to build for their return to the Champions League.