Shocked Mills told he can go

By SIMON JONES, Daily Mail

Last updated at 09:28 26 May 2006

Danny Mills has been told to find another club and believes his outspoken views may have contributed to him becoming part of Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce's summer cull.

Mills, 29, was shocked to be told at a meeting with Pearce that he could leave, despite having three years left on his contract.

The former England full back fractured a shin at Arsenal in October and, despite returning to fitness in February, played fewer than half of his side's final 10 games of the season, even though they lost nine of them.

He was also blamed for being out of position in his return match when City lost 1-0 to Liverpool. Mills said: "I'm very disappointed the way things have turned out. I'm also very surprised because Stuart Pearce called me into his office before I got injured and praised me for the way I'd been playing.

"But once I'd recovered, I played just five games, despite our results."

David Sommeil's departure to Sheffield United, as revealed by Sportsmail, means Pearce will be left with just one recognised right back in rookie Nedum Onuoha when Mills goes.

City may find it difficult to get a fee for Mills

Mills said: "I don't think the manager liked me asking questions or making suggestions.

"Of course I was frustrated at not being in the team, but my opinions were an effort to improve the team whether I was in it or not. We must all want to learn and improve.

"Now I will see what offers are on the table for me this summer but, if nothing materialises, I will stay at City and fight for my place. I have three years left on my contract, after all."

City may find it difficult to get a fee for Mills after signing him on a free transfer two years ago. The Yorkshire-based defender is keen to stay in the north and it is believed Wigan and Premiership newcomers Sheffield United are monitoring the situation.

Pearce has already released 10 players after vowing to improve on last season's finish. He will cut back on his office duties after handing former first-team coach Derek Fazackerley an administrative role.

Pearce said: "Our results in the last dozen games were just not good enough. We can look for excuses, but that's not my way. I'm still learning my trade, but I will get it right. I am nothing if not determined."

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