Centre-back staying at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has revealed that he committed his future to the Premier League champions after having showdown talks with manager Roberto Mancini at the start of the transfer window.
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Lescott was an integral part of Manchester City’s title-winning side, forming a partnership at the heart of the defence with captain Vincent Kompany, but has played a bit-part role this season following the arrival Serbian international Matija Nastasic from Fiorentina.
As a result, Lescott was linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium in the January transfer window with Aston Villa, Everton Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland among the interested parties.
But the 30-year-old England international has held showdown talks with Mancini and will not be leaving – either on loan or in a permanent transfer – as he wants to stay and fight for his place.
“I came to the club to win trophies,” Lescott told the Daily Telegraph. “I have done that and I feel there is a chance to win more this season. So I am more than happy to stay and fight for a place in the team.
“I went to see the manager about my situation and what we said will stay between us, but we both came out of the conversation happy and content with what we spoke about. While I would like to start every game, I am also aware that, with the strength of the squad, that just isn’t going to happen, but I am more than happy to play my part whenever needed.”