James Milner is prepared to take a pay cut to re-join the Championship club Leeds United – but is keen to remain at Liverpool for at least another season, Football Insider understands.
The 33-year-old versatile midfielder is in talks with the UEFA Champions League holders over an extension to his current contract, which expires next summer.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that the board are hopeful Milner will put pen to paper in the coming months, talks on a new agreement that has a lower basic pay and which includes add-ons for appearances and performances.
Head coach wants the former England international to stay at the club and the likelihood he’ll do so on reduced terms for another 12 months.
Beyond that, he’s eyeing a swansong at Leeds United, similar to how Wayne Rooney returned to Everton after his long-term Manchester United spell ended
Milner has made no secret of his will to end his career at his boyhood team, and is keen to do so in the PL.
He remains an ardent follower of the club, where he made his debut aged 16 before James was sold two years later amid a fire sale of the club’s leading stars.
He is likely to accept a significant salary cut on his current £120,000 per week salary if he stays on at Liverpool, and that would also be the case at Leeds United, irrespective of the club succeeding in their promotion bid.
He is no longer the first choice in Jurgen’s side although he remains a key roster player and has made 10 appearances this season.