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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 May, 2004, 10:27 GMT 11:27 UK
Milner plots Leeds deal
James Milner
James Milner is poised to sign a bumper new pay deal with Leeds after turning his back on a 5m move to Spurs.

Milner, 18, one of the lowest paid players at Elland Road, is due to conduct negotiations within the next two weeks with chairman Gerald Krasner.

"I shall be going to speak to Leeds in order to secure a longer-term commitment from James and the club," said the player's agent, Mick McGuire.

"I'd be very surprised if James didn't start the new season in a Leeds shirt."

McGuire added: "There is a clause in James' contract which allows us to renegotiate his current deal after a certain number of games, and he has long passed that mark.

"It is true to say Tottenham made a fantastic bid for James and I have discussed the matter with both David Richmond, and I have also spoken at length with (Spurs chairman) Daniel Levy.

"In fairness, the bid was tremendous and the way both clubs have conducted themselves in this matter has been thoroughly professional.

"At no point did we feel that Leeds were trying to push James out the door.

"Leeds felt it was their duty to keep James fully informed and as a matter of courtesy they allowed us to talk to Tottenham because not only was it an outstanding offer, but it would have helped the club's current plight as well.

"However, I did not even talk terms with Levy because James' heart is set on staying at Leeds and that has nothing to do with which club came in for him.

"James is totally committed to Leeds and wants to stay at Elland Road and he feels that another year with added responsibility can only enhance his ability as a player.

"As far as we are concerned, the matter with Spurs is now over and they cannot prise James away from Leeds, but that is a football decision.

"We now hope the club will show their appreciation and commitment to one of their bright young stars."

Leeds caretaker boss Kevin Blackwell
"His decision is a reflection of the maturity he shows on the pitch"

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