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James Milner Set To Accompany Aston Villa To Portugal For Guadiana Cup

Thought his future with the club is still up-in-the-air, Aston Villa midfielder James Milner will continue training with the club and accompany Martin O'Neill's men to Portugal for the Guadiana Cup:

A club statement read: "James Milner trained with the rest of the Villa squad today at Bodymoor Heath. He and the manager, along with chief executive Paul Faulkner and the player's representative, Matthew Buck, had an amicable conversation and, while James will not play in tomorrow's game at Walsall, he will fly with the squad to Portugal on Wednesday ahead of the Guadiana Cup in which Villa will compete with Benfica and Feyenoord this weekend."

Aston Villa are due to face Portugal's Benfica and the Netherlands' Feyenoord in the preseason tournament that starts July 30.

Milner had previously expressed his desire to move from Villa Park, with O'Neill set to accomodate him should Manchester City improve upon their initial offer. The Citizens offered £20 million, £10 million short of O'Neill's reported evaluation.

City is said to be lining-up a new, £24 million offer.