Richard Dunne has warned James Milner that he would have to accept a squad role at Manchester City.
The Aston Villa winger looks set to be on his way to Eastlands, with a long-running transfer saga expected to come to a head in the next few days.
Milner has made it clear that he is keen to move on and Villa boss Martin O'Neill has admitted that he would be willing to sell if his valuation is met.
The ball is now back in City's court, with it believed that they must stump up around £30million in order to land the England international.
Dunne, who made a move in the opposite direction last summer, accepts that Milner's time at Villa appears to be coming to an end, but believes the 24-year-old should consider his options carefully before jumping ship.
The Irishman left City after it became apparent that they could no longer guarantee him regular first-team football, and he feels the same situation could greet Milner should he take on a new challenge in the North West.
"Obviously we'll miss James because he's been brilliant, but we have to move on and the manager will build again," Dunne told Sky Sports News.
"James will know that because he's joining a big club, a club that wants to win the league, that he'll be part of a squad.
"At Aston Villa he will play every week and at Manchester City he may not, but it's an opportunity he probably thinks to go and win the league."
While City are tipped to make their next move sooner rather than later, Roberto Mancini has refused to reveal when he will step up his efforts to land Milner.
The Blues are currently away on a pre-season tour of America and their Italian coach is playing his cards close to his chest when it comes to potential transfer dealings.
"Milner is a good player but today he is an Aston Villa player," he said.
"If we have a chance we could take him, but we must wait for now."
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