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Joleon Lescott ponders City exit

November 29, 2013
By Richard Jolly,

Joleon Lescott has admitted he might have to leave Manchester City in the January transfer window as tries to rescue his chances of going to the World Cup.

Joleon Lescott
PA PhotosJoleon Lescott's future is up in the air.

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The centre-back is in the final year of his contract at the Etihad Stadium and lost his place last season to Matija Nastasic.

And despite playing every game of Euro 2012, he has been omitted from the England squad, with manager Roy Hodgson preferring the younger pair of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling as the understudies to the regular partnership of Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka.

The 31-year-old said: "Nothing can happen now. I can't speak to any clubs and no clubs can approach me. But when that opportunity comes, if it does come in January, I will have to look at that.

"It depends what the club wants and what opportunities there are for me. I am not just going to leave a club like this for the sake of it, but at the end of the season I will have to."

Lescott has not played for England since March and admits he is an outsider to make the plane to Brazil but believes that regular first-team football would aid his cause.

He added: "It does not look like I am going at the minute. I have not been in the last few squads, so it is going to be hard. But if I am playing for City and we are progressing in the Champions League and the title race, then there might be a place for me."

City are yet to approach Lescott, who joined from Everton in 2009, to discuss a new deal and the former Wolves centre-back  wants to get the chance to prove himself.

 

 

 

He said: "I want to stay, that is the main thing. But the club have not approached me yet, so I don't know what the situation is with them. If I am playing for my future here, then great. If I am playing for it elsewhere, then so be it. I just know that every time I am out there, I have to perform at a level were top clubs would be interested in signing me.”

 

 

 

Lescott has made nine appearances this season and, with Nastasic injured, is set to keep his place for the game against Swansea on Sunday.

 

 

 

But he has tended to be dropped whenever the young Serb has returned to fitness and added: "I need to be given a fair opportunity. No one can guarantee I am going to play every week but I would like to think that if I am playing and the team is playing well, then I can stay in the team.

 

 

 

"I just want to be treated the same as everyone else.”

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