Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Milner Targets Premier Crown; Nothing Else Will Do - James

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Milner Targets Premier Crown; Nothing Else Will Do - James

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ENGLAND midfielder James Milner will not settle for second best at Manchester City after finally sealing his protracted move from Aston Villa, writes KEN GAUNT.

Milner, 24, wants nothing less than the Premier League title in his debut season at Eastlands.

Milner, who joins in a deal that takes Stephen Ireland to Villa Park, said: "It didn't take too much selling by the boss (Roberto Mancini) when you see the players who are already here and the plans for the club.

"The last thing he said to me was 'be ready for the next game', and then he said 'be ready to win the Premier League', and that's my ultimate aim - that's what I want to do and why I'm here.

"There's a lot of competition to get there, it's where we all want to be. I'm ambitious and I want to win trophies here. I believe this is a great place to do that and I believe we will do it. Hopefully, sooner rather than later."

Milner's transfer was first mooted before this summer's World Cup, where he featured in England's campaign.

After securing a five-year deal he said: "The move seems to have gone on a long time. Now all I want to do is get out on the field and play. I'm ready and raring to go now we've finally got everything done. I can't wait to start a new chapter."

Milner joins a new illustrious cast, following the path taken by David Silva, Mario Balotelli, Jerome Boateng, Yaya Toure and Aleksander Kolarov this summer.

Milner's future had been the subject of ongoing speculation since Villa rejected a bid of around pounds 20m from City in May.

The two clubs finally agreed a fee but the deal was held up still further by the involvement of Ireland, who reportedly demanded a pounds 2m pay-off from City.

Milner replaces Ireland as City's number seven and Mancini said: "I hope things go well for Stevie at Villa.

"He is also a very good player and he has played a big part in City's history. …

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