It is inevitable that James Milner will complete a sensational return to Leeds United, according to the Liverpool midfielder’s former Aston Villa and England team-mate Darren Bent.
Milner came through the academy setup at Leeds and made over 50 senior appearances for his boyhood club.
He left to join Newcastle United in 2004 before Villa came calling four years later to sign him on permanent deal after an earlier loan spell in the Midlands.
Bent only played alongside Milner once in Villa colours but he firmly believes his former colleague has unfinished business at Elland Road.
“When you’ve got somebody who’s had a decorated career like he has, there’s only one place he can return,” Bent told Football Insider. “He was Leeds’ youngest every goalscorer, they love him down there.
“He doesn’t need the money, the money’s out of it, he’s won all the trophies – I almost said bar the Champions League but he’s won that, he’s won everything there is to win. It is fitting for him to go back there and play where it all started and finish his career there.
“He might become captain, he’s obviously going to do a job at a very, very high level, what a story that would be. I’m sure Bielsa would welcome him with open arms. That experience, he keeps himself in great nick, it wouldn’t surprise me if he did return there.”
By the time Milner left Villa to join Manchester City in 2010 he had become a firm fan favourite and was even applauded off the pitch in his final game in August.
Having won the title on two occasions with City, the former England international moved to Liverpool four years ago where he was appointed vice-captain.
The versatile 33-year-old lifted the Champions League in May and remains a key player in Jurgen Klopp’s side.