By Dave Woods

1st Nov, 2019 | 8:36am

James Milner opens up on potential move back to Leeds

There’s one potential signing that some Leeds fans are obsessed about – bringing James Milner back to Leeds to end his career.

And Milner himself has finally opened up on a potential return in his new book Ask a Footballer.

The now 33-year-old Liverpool midfielder came up through the youth ranks at Leeds before moving to Newcastle in a £6.6m move after Leeds were relegated in 2004.

From Newcastle, his career quickly hit the heights with moves to Aston Villa, Man City and Liverpool, and he’s also won 61 caps for England.

He’s out of contract in the summer, although there’s a possibility he’ll get an extra year as he’s still an important player under Jurgen Klopp and, as he said himself, he’s keen to stay.

And then? Well, a move to Leeds could be on the cards – if the club wants him, needs him and can afford him – he’s currently on £140,000-a-week according to Spotrac.

Writing in his new book he had this to say about a potential return: “I get asked this all the time. Any time I bump into a Leeds fan – or even my mates back home – it’s always, ‘When are you coming back? When are you coming home?’

“There would be so many things to weigh up – not just for myself or my family, but for Leeds.

“If I was being released by another club, would they want me? It would be pointless for them and for me if I wasn’t needed at the time and it was just some kind of nostalgia trip.

“You can probably tell from what I’m saying that I love the club, but I also love playing for Liverpool and I want to play at the highest level for as long as I can.

“If my time at Liverpool came to an end and I was going to go somewhere else and Leeds were one of the clubs that were interested in me, then that would be a very exciting option for all the reasons I mention.”

So, the obsessed fans can carry on obsessing – a move back to Leeds for Milner is a definite possibility, although you’d think we’d have to get back in the Premier League first.

The next stage of that challenge is at Elland Road on Saturday, when Leeds take on QPR.

In other Leeds news, this is the starting XI Bielsa should put out v QPR after injury news