'I'd love him' - Exclusive: Whelan urges Leeds to sign CL winner who has Whites move on his mind
Noel Whelan claimed he “would love” James Milner to rejoin Leeds United this summer and insisted he would be a “brilliant addition”.
The former Whites and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 34-year-old is “invaluable” to Liverpool both on and off the pitch.
The Leeds-born ace has made it clear that he would like to end his career at United, the club where he made his debut aged 16 before he was sold two years later amid a fire sale of the club’s leading stars.
Milner scored five goals in 50 appearances for the Whites before moving to Newcastle United in 2004.
Whelan hoped that one day the former England international would one-day return but conceded it will not be this summer.
“You want your home-grown back at your football club,” he told Football Insider. “I am not sure if he would leave Liverpool right now.
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“He is one player that Liverpool would want to keep because of the professionalism he has. He stayed home and watched the FA Cup when the young lads were playing instead of going abroad – that is invaluable. For a club to have a professional like that, concentrate on the FA Cup even though he is not playing that is brilliant for the younger lads.
“He looks after his body and he still has the hunger to win. He has got a lot to offer.
“I would love him back at the club at some point. I am not sure whether it would be next season but he would help us, absolutely.”
United are on course to return to the top flight of English football for the first time since 2004.
Six wins from their next nine games would guarantee promotion for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.