Milner unconcerned by lack of minutes
James Milner insisted he has no complaints about being benched by Manchester City’s new manager Manuel Pellegrini.
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The England international was one of City’s best players last season but has begun all three games of the current campaign as a substitute.
And Pellegrini has signed another winger, Spain’s World Cup winner Jesus Navas, who has gone ahead of Milner in the pecking order for a place in the team.
But the 27-year-old believes that, with City’s Champions League and Capital One Cup campaigns set to start, he will feature more in forthcoming weeks as Pellegrini rotates his squad.
He said: "I had a good pre-season but obviously we’ve made some very good signings at City. It's going to take time for the new players and the manager to settle in and get to know each other.
"At the moment we've had one game a week but as soon as we get back we're pretty much playing two or three games a week until January.
"I'm sure the team will get changed and when you get your chance, it's down to you to prove you should be in the team.
"Every player wants to play. I'm lucky to be at a massive club like City and there's a lot of competition for places. That will only make me a better player.
"With the amount of games we've got coming up, I'm sure I'll get a lot of games this season. Then it's down to me to perform in those games. The team is the most important thing.
"You want to contribute and play all the time but as long as you're winning games, that's all that matters."
Milner is expected to get his first start of the season in England’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine on Tuesday, when he is likely to deputise for the suspended Danny Welbeck.