Manchester City midfielder James Milner: Media 'nonsense' brings squad closer together

England international insists players are behind Mancini
Manchester City midfielder James Milner has denied any reports of unrest at the club, and insists that all the players back manager Roberto Mancini.

City have suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats against Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and there have been a number of on-field arguments between players.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Vincent Kompany were involved in an argument against Wolves, whilst Milner himself was involved in an incident with Yaya Toure.

However, the midfielder insists that the media attention on the club and manager Roberto Mancini will only make the squad stronger.

"When we see nonsense written in the papers it pulls us closer together," he told reporters.

"When it seems like the whole world is against you that is when you pull together.

"These things will make us stronger as a football club. You go through times when things aren't quite right and it's important to keep things right off the field.

"I've been at Newcastle and Leeds where the press seemed to be outside the training ground whenever you drove in. We can't control what's off the field, we can only control results.”

Milner also stressed that disagreements between players simply shows their hunger to succeed, insisting that incidents are soon forgotten.

"[Having on-field disagreements] says we're very hungry to win football matches. We'd be worried if there wasn't that hunger because we're desperate to win trophies.

"In changing rooms up and down the country you'll see people disagreeing but it's forgotten as soon as you step off the pitch. We're a tight group."

The former Aston Villa man also played down his disagreement with Toure and stressed that the media often blows incidents out of proportion.

"Yaya and I are two players who want to win the game and it ends soon as you step off pitch. It's a great bunch of lads.

"There are a lot of things written which are untrue, You read them, you hear them, and you think 'that sounds ridiculous'."

Recent reports have also suggested that a number of players are unhappy with the managerial methods of Roberto Mancini, but Milner has moved quickly to back the Italian.

"It's another story and where it's come from who knows," he said.

"Every single person at the club is desperate to do well and win trophies.

"When you look at the manager's record he's obviously a top manager. We're very lucky to have him and the backroom staff. The club is set up for us to be successful and hopefully we get there as soon as we can."
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