Date: 18th March 2015 at 4:45pm
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Manager Manuel Pellegrini has hailed the importance of James Milner to the Manchester City side and implied he doesn’t get the plaudits he often deserves.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the game, whilst discussing the strengths of the squad despite our loss to Burnley in the last game, Pellegrini said specifically of Milner.

‘There are players who are better technically. There are quicker players. ‘There are players who head the ball better. But show me a player who does all the things that Milner does well and there isn`t one.’

The manager went on in effect to call him the complete player, but one of his great assets is also his versatility as we’ve seen to good effect over the years since his arrival from Aston Villa.

‘And whatever position I put him in he plays well: at full-back – which is the only place he doesn`t like playing- attacking midfield, wide, or as a striker. I used him this season as a forward and the team was scoring three goals a game.’

Pellegrini also commented on what has been a bone of contention for the England man when it comes to his new contract – playing time – that his desire for the game and the heart he shows is also one of his great on pitch assets, because even when frustrated he uses it to motivate him in a good way.

‘You leave him on the bench and he is furious, but watch him during the game, encouraging and shouting. And in the next training session he kills it for 95 minutes. It`s very difficult to find another Milner – an intelligent player, with big balls and a massive heart.’

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