Pellegrini expects new Milner deal and wants Lampard to remain at Manchester City

first_imgManuel Pellegrini expects England midfielder James Milner to stay at Manchester City for the foreseeable future.Both Milner and the Chilean hinted that the deal to keep him at the Etihad Stadium was close, but talks appeared to have stalled in the last week.But the City manager has confirmed talks are ongoing and that he expects a positive outcome.Ahead of the clash against Crystal Palace Pellegrini said: “I think so. There are some differences that can be arranged.“We are talking with James. It is not easy for all the players to sign a new contract. There are a lot of things to talk, to decide, discuss. I hope finally James will sign his contract.“I repeat – the same as with Joe Hart – he wants to stay and the club wants to keep him.”The other thing on the agenda for the Chilean is the future of former Chelsea star Frank Lampard, who is set to move Stateside to City’s sister club New York City FC.The 61-year-old confirmed the club want Lampard to remain in Manchester despite his impending departure.“It is not just our decision. If you ask me if I want Frank to stay, of course I want him to stay.“He is a very important player for our squad and he is playing very well, as the top player he is. Maybe in the next days we will be sure but I cannot be 100 per cent at this moment,” Pellegrini added. Milner set to stay on at Etihad 1last_img