Revealed: Which two clubs James Milner turned down to remain at Liverpool



 

James Milner turned down offers from two of his former clubs to pen an additional one year deal at Anfield, according to reports.

The 36 year old midfielder was out of contract in the summer, but agreed to stay for a further season under the leadership of Jurgen Klopp following their two-trophy season.

‘I’m very pleased to be staying for another season,” the veteran revealed. ‘I have never taken playing for this club for granted and I never will’.

‘An overriding feeling for me – and a vitally important one in the process – was the belief I can still contribute to the team’, he continued. ‘The gaffer was clear what he thought and that was a big factor in me extending my contract’.

‘As long as I can still play my part, that’s not something easy to walk away from.’

Clubs turned down to ensure Merseyside future

As per Goal.com, Aston Villa and Newcastle were both interested in adding the England international to their side, only for Milner to eventually turn his former sides down in favour of an Anfield stay.

In doing so, he opted against a reunion with Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho at Villa Park, as well as a return to St James Park, while there were also reportedly offers from the MLS.

Revealed: Which two clubs James Milner turned down to remain at Liverpool

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – APRIL 30: James Milner of Liverpool reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on April 30, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

However, as Milner said himself, he clearly considers himself more than able to continue performing at the top level for at least another 12 months despite his age, and he will be hoping to add to his 289 appearances for the Reds.

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