James Milner has revealed he is open to a return to Elland Road in the future, according to Yorkshire Live, and his update has prompted loads of reactions from Leeds United fans.
The 34-year-old dropped the transfer hint in his book, Ask a Footballer: My Guide to Kicking a Ball About, which was published last year.
Having started his career with his boyhood club, the Leeds academy graduate made 50 appearances for the Peacocks, scoring 5 goals and providing 1 assist in all competitions, before eventually being sold to Newcastle United in July 2004 for a reported fee worth £6.6m.
After a solid spell with Manchester City, Milner moved to Anfield on a free transfer, helping Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool lift the coveted Champions League trophy last season. He has also won the Premier League twice, the FA Cup and League Cup in his career (Transfermarkt).
After years of speculation, the veteran finally addressed the elephant in the room, and wrote about a potential move back to the Yorkshire outfit.
“It’s a regret that I didn’t play for Leeds longer. I didn’t want to leave and I felt like I was only really getting started at the club, but it was an unfortunate time for me to be coming through at Leeds,” said Milner (via Yorkshire Live).
“To go back and play for my hometown club again would be amazing in so many different ways. If my time at Liverpool came to an end and I was going to go somewhere else and Leeds were one of the clubs that were interested in me, then that would be a very exciting option for all the reasons I mention.”
The former England international’s contract with the Reds expires in two years time, and supporters will have to wait and see as to whether or not Andrea Radrizzani will be able to come to an agreement with the versatile player in the future.
Predictably, plenty of Peacocks drooled over Milner’s comments, with several fans begging the “Strachan-like” midfielder to “come home.” Another even called him a “Premier League icon.”
1st signing if we hopefully go up – Strachan like influence – he's a winner.
— Wayne Hicken (@DENMAN11) April 22, 2020
I wonder if he would mind a couple of years back with Leeds if we go up this year. Think he would be a fantastic signing for us
— C Mansfield (@swim1challenge) April 22, 2020
No doubt about it. If we are promoted he will be back.
— DeanLUFC (@DeanLUFC1) April 22, 2020
Not sure he has the right work ethic!!!! …..I’ll get my coat!
Come home Milly.
— Alan Leaf (@AlanLeaf3) April 22, 2020
Premier League icon. shame he had to go really
— leedsfanatic101 (@leedsfanatic101) April 22, 2020
@ChrisOldfield18 I want him back!
— JF27 (@JFrana27) April 22, 2020
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