Liverpool midfielder James Milner has signed a one-year extension with the club until next summer. His contract was set to expire at the end of this month with a Premier League club as well as two overseas clubs interested in his services. There are reports that suggest that Milner has accepted reduced wages in order to sign for another year.
“I’m very pleased to be staying for another season. I have never taken playing for this club for granted and I never will,” Liverpool midfielder James Milner said. “An overriding feeling for me – and a vitally important one in the process – was the belief I can still contribute to the team. The gaffer was clear about 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. Last season was extraordinary, even though it didn’t have the ending we hoped it would. But I think that will only make us all even hungrier for more success, to be honest. I felt that after the parade and that played a part in my decision-making also. It’s a unique club,” he added. “Now this is signed, I’m already looking forward to getting back with everyone, refocusing, and going again. It’s a brilliant dressing room to be part of.”
“He’s a role model. I have told him, I can tell the whole world – nothing we have achieved in the last few years would have happened without James Milner, it’s as easy as that,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said. “Whether he was on the pitch or not, he’s set standards in a way not a lot of people can set standards, and it educated all of us.”