Hart and Milner close in on new Manchester City deals

The 27-year-old has re-established himself as the club's No.1 goalkeeper this season while the former Aston Villa midfielder has racked up 23 appearances in all competitions
By Paul Clennam

Joe Hart and James Milner are closing in on lucrative new long-term contracts with Manchester City, Goal understands.

Hart has agreed terms on a five-year deal worth £120,000-a-week, while Milner is just a few minor issues away from signing a new four-year deal that will raise his current £90,000-a-week salary to similar heights.

The futures of both men have been the subject of speculation in recent months, with Hart's position as No.1 goalkeeper threatened by the summer arrival of Willy Caballero and Milner attracting interest from Everton amid disillusionment over a lack of regular playing time at the Etihad Stadium in recent seasons.

But Hart has re-asserted his status at City with a string of impressive displays this term, while Milner has racked up 23 appearances in all competitions and been one of Manuel Pellegrini's most reliable performers. 

Hart's existing deal has 18 months left to run while Milner's current contract expires this summer, but there is confidence on both sides that the fine details of the former Aston Villa's extension will soon be ironed out.

“We've been in talks with the club,” Milner told reporters when asked about his future in October. “We've talked about it and hopefully it can get sorted sometime soon.

“I don't want to be paid to sit and watch. You want to feel like you're contributing and enjoy your football as much as you can, so I am in a happier place now.”