Former England international Danny Mills has spoken about recent reports suggesting James Milner could be offered a new contract at Liverpool.
The 36-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season so can leave for free if there is no deal with the Reds.
Mills told Football Insider he was surprised some would question the decision to extend Milner’s deal as he is unlikely to be on the same terms as he is now.
“I was quite surprised that people made a big fuss about it.
“People say ‘I can’t believe they’re going to give James Milner a new contract, he’s barely playing’.
“They’re not going to offer him £500,000 a week, it’s going to be relative. I guess it’s going to be less than what he earns now.
“It will be relative to the number of games he has played and there will also be a bit of loyalty.
“He’s very, very good at it, he’s reliable, he’s professional. He sets a good example for other players and for players who arrive because he has a wealth of experience.“
Ultimately, however, Mills believes the decision will be made by Milner as to where he ends up playing next season and there will be no shortage of takers.
The decision is up to Milner
“It’s up to James Milner to decide. Is there an opportunity to go and play more football elsewhere or does he want to stay where he is?
“He’s not a full-fledged player, but he’s part of the team, he’s in and around and he gets a bit of playing time here and there. He could be happy with that and that’s his choice.
“There will be several clubs who only want him for his experience and professionalism.”
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