What now for Milner and Ireland after O’Neill quits?

The shock resignation of Martin O’Neill as Aston Villa manager is unlikely to change James Milner’s mind about wishing to leave the Midlanders and join City. But what about Stephen Ireland’s move in the opposite direction?

A deal involving cash plus Ireland for Milner was supposedly near to completion with Roberto Mancini optimistic of having the England midfielder in his squad by Thursday. If Ireland decides he no longer wants to join Villa then City would be back to having to agree a cash only deal. This may prove trickier as each club’s valuation of Milner has differed widely.

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Friendly player ratings: City v Valencia

Hart (Given 46) – Looked confident despite having little to do as those in front of him kept Valencia at bay. 6

Richards – Began the game at right-back, looking to get forward at every opportunity. Looking strong and sharp this was an impressive display which bodes well for the upcoming season. 7

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