The future of Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott still looks blurry even as Pellegrini calls him an “important player”.
Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott is inviting a lot of suitors, having fallen behind in manager Pellegrini’s plans. It is interesting to note that under the terms of his contract, Manchester City owe him £2.1m in wages by the first of June. City hope that the club which might acquire his services should incorporate the remainder of the sum owed to him in his signing fee. Bluemoon reported:
City are of the mind that any buying club should pick up the majority of his severance package if they want him right away, and incorporate it in his signing-on fee.
Meanwhile, there have been a lot of transfer news surrounding the City defender. Along with Super Lig side Besiktas, other football clubs such as Newcastle, Spurs and Monaco all want the 31 year old on loan for the remainder of the season. It was initially reported that Tottenham were keen to sign the ex-Everton player on loan after the player was told he was free to leave the club by Pellegrini. However, most recently, when the City manager was asked if the transfer rumors surrounding Lescott mean that his departure is imminent, the Chilean said:
“Not for the moment. Joleon Lescott is a very important player for us. I understand he finishes his contract in June here. We will see what happens in the future but for the moment he is still here and he is a very useful player for our team.”
Among the “other clubs” mentioned, City ex-manager Roberto Mancini’s Galatasaray also are one. The Italian wants to rope in Lescott to the Turkish club either on loan or permanently. However, Lescott does not want to join forces with the Italian again. A close source claimed:
Joleon fell down the pecking order under Mancini and he never really received an explanation. Mancini wasn’t the sort of manager who communicated with the players, especially the ones he didn’t see as part of his plans. It would be an awkward reunion and unless the issue is forced, Joleon won’t be in a hurry to move to Turkey. He would prefer to show what he can do on the Premier League stage.
The Englishman is reported to be okay to spend the rest of the season with the Sky Blues but a move to another side where he gets to play every week would be ideal if he thinks he can make it to the England squad for this year’s world cup.