Lescott unsure of City future
Joleon Lescott does not know what the future holds for him beyond the end of the current season as he continues to slip down the pecking order at Manchester City.
Lescott has another year to run on his contract with City but he has struggled to secure regular first team football this season and time is running out for him to convince the powers that be that he deserves a new deal.
City have games remaining – four Premier League as well as the FA Cup final – and Lescott will be using whatever time he has on the pitch to prove himself to his current employers and any potential suitors.
“Obviously my future has been well documented. But as long as I’m here I’m happy to do a job for the team and the club. I’d love to stay here, but if it is not to be, so be it,” Lescott told The Times.
“It has not been the greatest of seasons in terms of appearances, but I’d like to think that when I have played, I have given 100%. It is a special club to me. I’ve been here a long time and they showed a lot of persistence to get me.
“I feel like we’ve done a lot together. I’m older now and I’m not naive enough to think I’m definitely going to stay, but if I do then great.”
Roberto Mancini has opted to rest some of his star players during the FA Cup campaign but with silverware up for grabs he could go for experience fir the May 11 final.
Lescott has featured during the competition but he is not sure if he will be incuded in the final squad.
“I have played in the majority of the earlier rounds, but it is up to the manager to decide on the day,” he said.
Lescott’s future with England is also uncertain amid rumours that John Terry is considering a return to international football.
Roy Hodgson omitted Lescott from his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro in March but turned to the defender after several players withdrew through injury.
While Lescott hopes to remain part of Hodgson’s plans, he knows he needs to play on a regular basis to be considered, especially if Terry decides to come out of retirement.
“It is up to John. I believe if I am playing at a consistent level I can retain my place in the England team. I’m sure John feels the same,” he added.
“I understand that I am not playing as regularly in the England team because I’m not playing regularly at club level. No disrespect to John, but he hasn’t played that much for his club either. Probably there is only Phil Jagielka who is playing regularly for his club at the moment.
“It would be tough to have another season like this. I’ve only started 15 or so games and that is not great going into a World Cup. If my place in the squad was secure at international level, it would be a little bit easier. I only got in the last squad by default. It was a reality check and it made me realise I need to make a decision and it needs to be the right one for my career.”