Lescott wants new City deal

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott is ready to commit his long-term future to the Etihad Stadium side and sign a new contract.

Last Updated: 30/08/13 at 09:28 Post Comment

Joleon Lescott: Manchester City defender hoping to earn new deal

Joleon Lescott: Manchester City defender hoping to earn new deal

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The England international is in the final year of his present deal and his future has been the subject of speculation.

The 30-year-old fell down the pecking order under former manager Roberto Mancini last season and there have been suggestions he could move on to further his international ambitions, particularly in a World Cup year.

But Lescott himself has given no hint that he wants to leave and, after starting City's first two matches of the season, wants to prove himself to new boss Manuel Pellegrini.

Lescott said: "I have expressed a number of times that nothing more would please me than to sign an extension.

"If that negotiating ever happens, I will be there with my pen ready to sign."

Pressure always on

Lescott formed a formidable central defensive partnership with Vincent Kompany in City's title winning 2011-12 season.

Last year, the arrival of new signing Matija Nastasic saw him supplanted as first choice while Kolo Toure - who has since left for Liverpool - was also being preferred to him by the end of the campaign.

Injuries to Kompany and Nastasic at the start of this term have seen Lescott given a chance by Pellegrini but there are suggestions the club want to sign a new centre-back.

Atletico Madrid's Martin Demichelis has been strongly linked with a move to City ahead of next week's transfer deadline.

Lescott said: "It is no different than any other time.

"Most of my City career has been determined by pressure being put on - by myself, and by speculation of the club buying a centre-half.

"This year is no different. There may be more pressure with it being my last year but I am using that as a challenge, and an exciting challenge.

"I want to stay and be a part of the future but I understand there is a business side to it and if it is not to be, I will walk away from the club with my head held high and no regrets."

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