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Aug 1, 2014

James Milner won't accept bit-part role

Milner has won two Premier League titles and the FA Cup since moving to City four years ago.

James Milner has said he is keen to stay at Manchester City -- but only if he is granted enough playing time with the Premier League champions.

Milner, 28, has entered the last season of his contract at the Etihad Stadium and stated his future depends upon how much he plays this year.

The England international midfielder appeared in 31 league games last season, but only started 12 of them as manager Manuel Pellegrini preferred to pick David Silva, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas on the flanks and proved unwilling to select him in the centre of midfield.

City have been reluctant to sell Milner -- who has been linked with Arsenal -- this summer, and risk losing him on a free transfer next year if he does not agree a new deal.

But he said he hopes to remain at the club, telling reporters while on City's preseason tour in the U.S.: "Basically, I want to be here -- as long as I'm playing.

"I love it here and hopefully I can be here for a long time to come. But that's determined on how much football I get. I just want to feel like I'm contributing.

"I played a fair amount last year -- maybe not as many [games] in the league as I would have liked -- but I felt like I contributed to the trophies I won. That's what it's about."

Milner joined City for 26 million pounds from Aston Villa in 2010 and has won the Premier League twice plus the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup.

And he added: "If you win trophies and you haven't played as much as you wanted, it can be frustrating. But that wasn't the case last year and hopefully it won't be this either.

"I played in important games at the end of last season, it was pleasing to help them win trophies.

"That's what it's all about, I want as many minutes as I can. Competition is tough, but when you get out there, you have to go and help the team.

"I've been here four years now. There's big-money signings every year. You want to play against the top teams, play with the best players in the world.

"We definitely have that at City. You test yourself every single day in training."

Key European club fixtures

French Ligue 1 -- Aug. 8
FA Community Shield: Manchester City vs. Arsenal -- Aug. 10
German Super Cup: Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich -- Aug. 13
English Premier League -- Aug. 16
Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid -- Aug. 19 and 22
Spanish La Liga/German Bundesliga -- Aug. 23
Italian Serie A -- Aug. 30

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