Joleon Lescott will not be leaving Man City.
Man City’s new head-coach Manuel Pellegrini has no plans to sell Joleon Lescott and will reject any offers for the 30-year-old, according to The Telegraph.
The tough-tackling defender has just 12 months left on his contract, and there were murmurs that he would leave the club this summer after falling behind impressive 20-year-old Serbian Matija Nastasic the pecking order last season.
The new Sky Blue’s boss though, is eager to keep hold of Lescott, and believes the former Everton man cah play an important role in his plans for City.
Kolo Toure left Eastlands earlier in the summer on a free transfer to Liverpool, which leaves the Etihad Stadium outfit with only three recognised centre-backs in the squad. Pellegrini is especially keen to hope hold of Lescott after Real Madrid’s refusal to sell Portuguese international Pepe.
Pellegrini had hoped to partner Pepe with club captain Vincent Kompany, but is happy to give Lescott and Nastasic another season to fight for the second spot in central defence.
Lescott joined City from Everton in 2009 for an enormous £22 million transfer fee, and has made 133 appearances in all competitions, winning the Premier League title in 2012.
He will be keen to add to his 26 England caps before next summer’s World Cup, with positions in England’s central-defence very much up for grabs.