Man City transfers: Joleon Lescott weighing up Citizens future

Man City transfers: Joleon Lescott says he loves the Citizens but may need to leave to secure regular first-team football next season

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Joleon Lescott has only started 13 Premier League games this term Photo: Etihad Airways

Joleon Lescott says he would “love to stay” at Manchester City but admits he may need to move in order to secure regular first-team football next season.

The 30-year-old has struggled to hold down a spot in Roberto Mancini’s side this term despite injuries to key personnel, such as Vincent Kompany and Micah Richards.

Matija Nastasic’s arrival has seen Lescott fall down the pecking order at the Eastlands outfit, and with one year remaining on his contract, the former Wolves man could leave in the summer.

And Lescott admits he will need to be playing regularly next season if the centre-half wants to be included in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the 2014 World Cup, should the Three Lions qualify for Brazil tournament.

“If someone said when I signed here ‘you’re going to win the Premier League, get to two FA Cup finals and represent your country in the Euros I’d have snapped their hand off,” Lescott told the Telegraph.

“So now to go into the final year of my contract uncertain about my future is quite strange. I’d love to stay. My wife’s pregnant, we’ve just moved house, the kids are happy at school. I’m not naive. When you’ve achieved all that and you’re going into the last year of your contract your future might be elsewhere.

“I can’t afford to go into a World Cup year being uncertain of whether I’m going to play here. I feel that I’ve done enough for the club to demand a bit of respect in terms of they come and tell me what they want, whether it’s a new deal, which I would be delighted to sign, or [to go] elsewhere.”

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