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James Milner and Stephen Ireland swap teams – SportsUntapped.com
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Added August 20th, 2010 by Ian

James Milner and Stephen Ireland swap teams
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England midfielder has finally moved from Aston Villa to Manchester City in an 18-million pound move that also included Villa receiving midfielder Stephen Ireland in return. The deal had been rumoured for quite some time and Milner left Villa behind him by scoring in the club’s 3-0 win over West Ham at home on the opening day of the season.

Ireland would probably have been left out of City’s 25-man roster and his value was rated at about eight million pounds. The 24-year-old Milner will probably make his debut in the important early season matchup against Liverpool on Aug. 23rd. He’s already passed his medical and will now suit up in Ireland’s old number seven shirt.

City manager Roberto Mancini was over the moon with the signing even though it now means he’s still going to have to axe some of his top players by Sept. 1st when the 25-man squad has to be announced. Mancini said Milner can play a variety of positions and this will probably be the club’s last signing of the transfer window which closes at the end of the month.

Milner also expressed pleasure with the move and is looking forward to help bring some long-awaited silverware to the club. He added that he can’t wait to get going in this, the newest chapter of his career.

On the other side of the pitch, Ireland spent eight years at City after developing his skills in the team’s youth system. He scored 23 goals City and was named the player of the year for 2008-09. Mancini said he hopes things work out well for Ireland at Villa and thanked him for his contributions.

Ireland stated that he’s been out for around eight or nine months and needs to get on the pitch in a game as soon as he can.

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