Newcastle United badgeNewcastle United has received a written transfer request from James Milner.

Despite starring in United’s Carling Cup win at Coventry City, where he scored one goal and made another in the 3 – 2 win, Milner seems determined to leave the North East and return, possibly, to Aston Villa where he was a hit when on loan 3 years ago.

Milner’s hopes of a move however might flounder as Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan wants to keep him at the club as he is regarded as an integral part of United’s long term plans.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Newcastle United can confirm that it has received a written transfer request from James Milner.

“The club is very disappointed that James sees his footballing future as being away from St James’ Park. He is a valued member of the squad and it is only a year ago that he signed an improved long-term contract.

“We have yet to receive an offer for James that has matched our valuation of him.

“However, should such an offer be received then the club would be forced to consider it, given James’ apparent desire to leave.”

Villa are believed to have already had one bid of £7million rejected by the Magpies, who value the former Leeds United man at £9million.

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