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Danny Mills
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2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] It was interesting when we used to watch him in training, and how accurate he was [with his free-kicks] time and time again. Eight out of ten free kicks would go virtually in the top corner

2015 11 11 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] He was the first of his kind. Everybody played 4-4-2 at the time, but he redefined that position [right-midfielder/winger]

2016 12 16 Retrieve

[Danny Mills story proves Paul Scholes was a sneaky, crafty winner at all costs. Mills was on the deck following a foul from Ronaldinho when he felt Scholes’ hand on his shoulder] He came in, it was a late challenge, he caught me, I went down and I was about to get up and Scholesy came over and tapped me and said ‘stay down, ref has got a card out, stay down’

He pulled a red card out, it was never a red card, he caught me slightly, it was a booking at worst. What did I do wrong? It was a foul, I was on the floor, all he said was to stay down, I didn’t roll around squirming and squealing, I just stayed dead still

2019 06 29 Retrieve

[Danny Mills says Jack Clarke is making the wrong move in leaving Leeds for Tottenham] You have to say if a player is that good at 18-19 years old, whoever you are, you have had more starts for a Championship side. You’re coming off the bench and it’s easier to pick the ball up and run at people, why has Bielsa said ‘you are not worthy of more starts?’. I actually think it’s the wrong move, is he going to be in the Tottenham team next season? No chance.

[Mills added on Clarke making a questionable call so early in his career] He’s too young, he is going to be nowhere near the first team, there’s a lot of potential there, but at this stage it is very, very raw and it is purely potential. Next season he might’ve had 15-20 starts and had the opportunity to impress, he now goes to Tottenham and at best he’s going to be in the U23 squad. Playing games week in week out is what he needs to do, I think this could actually send his career a bit backwards because he is not going to play football

2019 09 27 Retrieve

[Former Manchester City defender Danny Mills has slammed Serge Aurier for his performances in Mauricio Pochettino’s team] Internationally he’s very, very good, but I look at it and he’s not quite there, he’s not up to it. You’ve got Kyle Walker or Cancelo, you’ve got Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez could play there if necessary, Azpilicueta at Chelsea, you’ve got Bellerin at Arsenal. I think they’re all better than him. That’s a weakness since Trippier left

2020 02 07 Retrieve

[Danny Mills says Jack Grealish is Gazza-esque but may not be for Man City] Jack Grealish has got all the ability in the world. He’s one of those players, when you look back and we looked at the likes of [Jack] Wilshere and thought he’s going to be the replacement for Paul Gascoigne. We have not seen anybody like that, somebody who carries the ball, has an awkward running style at times, but takes the ball, runs at people and makes things happen. The only down side for Jack Grealish at the moment is, because he’s in a struggling side, because he loves that club so much, he’s captain, he’s almost trying to do too much

At times, which is credit to him, he can be playing right-back, then he’s playing left wing, then he’s getting the ball off the centre-halves, then he’s trying to be up front and score goals and close the keeper down. He’s trying to be everything to everyone

Does he have the ability to play for one of those top sides? Without a shadow of a doubt. No question about it. The only thing, and this is probably for England as well, is because he has to play that role for Villa, he has no choice, maybe one or two clubs are thinking ‘is he disciplined enough to play a certain role within the structure of my team?

When you look at Manchester City, the way that they play, they all sit in their own little pockets, they very rarely go wandering. I know their front three or four players are very fluid, but they all have a certain job to do. Pep Guardiola works on the grid system on the pitch.

Now, Grealish has the ability. But we don’t know, because we haven’t seen him do that role, because Villa have been poor and he’s trying to carry them and keep them up, I think that’s the only question for Jack Grealish - does he have that discipline? He probably does, but someone is going to have to take a chance on him

2020 02 07b Retrieve

[Danny Mills sounds warning to Manchester United over Jack Grealish] Because Villa have been poor and he [Grealish] is trying to carry them and keep them up and do everything he possibly can, that’s the only question, does he have that discipline? He probably does, but someone’s going to have to take a chance on him. Jack Grealish has got all the ability in the world. He’s someone that carries the ball, runs at people and makes things happen

The only downside at the moment is because he’s in a struggling side, because he loves that club [Aston Villa] so much, he’s captain, he’s almost trying to do too much at times. Because he has to play that role for Villa, maybe one or two clubs are thinking ‘is he disciplined enough to play a certain role within the structure of my team’?

2020 02 07c Retrieve

[talkSPORT pundit aims bizarre criticism at Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish] Jack Grealish has all the ability in the world. He’s one of those players that when you look back, at the likes of Wilshere: ‘Ah, he’s going to be the replacement for Paul Gascoigne, we’ve not seen anyone like that’.

Somebody that carries the ball, an awkward running style at times, but takes the ball, runs at people, makes things happen. The only downside for Jack Grealish at the moment is, because he’s at a struggling side, because he loves that club so much- he’s captain. He’s almost trying to do too much at times.

Which is credit to himself, at one point he’s playing right back, another he’s playing left wing, then he’s getting the ball off the centre half. He’s trying to be up-front and close the keeper down, he’s trying to be everything to everyone. I think maybe that’s detracting. Does he have the ability to play in those top sides? Without a shadow of a doubt. No question about it. But, and this is probably for England as well, he has to play that role and do too much. Maybe one or two clubs are thinking, ‘Is he disciplined enough to play in a certain role within the structure of my team?

When you look at Manchester City, the way they play - they all sit in their little pockets. They very rarely go wandering, I know their front four players are very fluid. But they all have a certain job to do, Pep Guardiola works on the grid system on the pitch. Now, Grealish has the ability, but we don’t know, we haven’t seen him do that role, because Villa have been poor and he’s trying to carry them, to keep them up and do everything he possibly can. That’s the only question for Jack Grealish. Does he have that discipline? And he probably does. But someone will have to take that chance on him

2020 02 07d Retrieve

[Former Manchester City defender Danny Mills believes that the Etihad Stadium is the only realistic next destination for Lionel Messi should he leave Barcelona] Manchester City is the only club he could go to. Because of the way that they play and his relationship with Pep Guardiola, Pep probably understands him more than anybody from his days at Barcelona.

You think of Manchester United and there’s been talk of that, but I don’t see him going there. City is the only place I think he could come to the Premier League. He is sensational, we know that, but you’d have to build the whole team around him, he needs legs around him. And you suddenly think, well, actually, where would you play him at City? You’d have to change everything. He’d play instead of who? And is he really desperate to come to Manchester? He knows what the weather is like, I’m sure. He’s used to Barcelona and South America, I’m not sure Manchester is going to be his cup of tea

20 03 12 Retrieve

[Danny Mills recalls Leeds United European tie to explain effects of playing without fans amid coronavirus fears] We had a UEFA cup game and it was very similar to playing behind closed doors. I think we played Partizan Belgrade when all the troubles were happening in Eastern Europe and that had to be moved, I think we played it in Holland, and there were very few fans there. It’s unusual, it’s difficult. It’s a little bit like playing a reserve team game, it’s not the same. You want fans, you feed off the fans’ energy but we are now in a time of needs-must.

We were happy to play the game, you get on with it as a player, it’s your job. Yes, you want fans in the ground but if it can’t happen, it can’t happen. We’ve seen internationals already played behind closed doors because of sanctions imposed on them for different reasons. We have seen these games before, players have dealt with it, it is not the end of the world. If it’s okay to do that and that’s the best way to do it, carry on

2020 03 26 Retrieve

[BBC pundit, Danny Mills, has revealed why Celtic fans shouldn’t be worried about potentially losing Odsonne Edouard this summer] When the Premier League or La Liga come knocking there is every chance you will lose out because financially they cannot compete. Whether you like it or not that is a fact. Football is not just about money but it is a huge factor. It is probably like Southampton. They have to make sure they have replacements ready. When you are Celtic you have to have a plan for the future. They will have two or three lined up to replace Edouard. People will be in mind because if the big boys come in the likelihood is they are going to lose people.

2020 04 05 Retrieve

[Former Leeds and Manchester City defender Danny Mills has hit out at the PFA’s sluggish response to calls for players’ wages to be cut in response to the coronavirus crisis] This deal can be done. It’s not that complicated. I get that the government doesn’t want to miss out on taxes. It’s a valid point but there are ways around that. Everything is new at the moment. This is new at the moment, and there are new things coming into law all the time. The will is there from the players. The players want to help out, I can’t stress that enough, it’s quite clear.

The Premier League players have the ability to do so and the funds to do so, some in the Championship might too but some may not. Some in League One and League Two will not, things could be very tight in their lives and they may not get help further along. Allow the Premier League to help out. It’s making footballers look bad at the moment.

I understand the PFA, and the strength is in their numbers, but all the power lies at the top. They’re the ones with the say. They’re the ones with the money and the power. The PFA are making them look bad at the moment. The players want to give money, they want to help, now why’s it taken almost three weeks to get these talks to a point where we can’t even get a conclusion. That doesn’t seem right. The PFA have been slow to react and their communication hasn’t been brilliant. We’ve seen Jordan Henderson doing something off his own back to get players to donate and help out. The goodwill of the players is there but the PFA seem to be putting a blockage in the way.

2020 04 16 Retrieve

[Danny Mills has launched an attack on Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba] Paul Pogba is one of the most active players on social media. He will see every time his name is mentioned and what he’s associated with.

If you put yourself out there with dyeing your hair, with sponsorship deals and this, that and the other […] you are putting yourself out there to be criticised the way he goes on. When you have a bad game you’re an easy target. That’s what happens.

Of course it is. If you go out with your socks around your ankles and you look a bit scruffy and you have a poor game, the first thing any football coach will say is ‘look at him, his attitude is sloppy’. That might not be true, but that’s the image you give off.

So when Pogba’s going out and all he’s talking about is social media and sponsorship deals and all these other things, it looks as though he’s not giving 100 per cent to football. That’s what you get judged on. If they are not playing well that is one of the first criticisms that will come to people’s mind.

If you’re (Brazilian) Ronaldo and you can perform at the very highest level then you can have a silly haircut like he did

He hasn’t played well. He’s not been good enough. It doesn’t give the right impression, that’s the whole point of it. If you’re playing well then you can do these things and act in the manner. The moment you stop playing well people will use it as a stick to beat you with. It’s as simple as that. And it doesn’t matter who you are. It doesn’t look like Manchester United is his only focus

2020 05 25 Retrieve

[Danny Mills says Leroy Sane would be interested in leaving Manchester City for Liverpool] Clubs do not want to sell to their immediate rivals and that is normally the biggest problem. If Liverpool want Sane I am pretty sure he would go there given the opportunity. Why wouldn’t you? We have seen players do far worse. It is not a Manchester United-Liverpool or a Leeds-Manchester United. The rivalry is not of that ilk.

2020 07 18 Retrieve

[Danny Mills believes Bielsa’s achievement is akin to the success enjoyed by Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool] Bringing Bielsa in was a big gamble. It was an expensive gamble and no one quite knew which way it would go. Everybody hoped he would do what he’s done. It’s been tremendous, to take a team from 13th in the table - effectively the same group of players, with a few loanees - to third, and now promotion. It’s simply phenomenal. Everybody lauds Jurgen Klopp and how great he’s been over the last four or five seasons. Bielsa’s achievement is not far off that