City won’t offer new deal to veteran defender unless he takes pay-cut.
Manchester City won’t offer a new contract to Joleon Lescott unless he takes a pay cut, according to an exclusive report on Sports Direct News.
The veteran centre-back is hoping to earn a new contract to extend his stay at the Etihad Stadium, though he is widely tipped to be allowed to leave the club in January with the likes of Aston Villa and Everton said to be monitoring his situation.
Lescott has been at the club since 2009 and played a key part in City’s Premier League title victory of 2011/12, though he is no longer considered first choice due to manager Manuel Pellegrini preferring the pairing of Vincent Kompany and highly-rated youngster Matija Nastasic, and with the possibility of further new arrivals in January, such as Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala.
Originally a big-money signing, Lescott is still on high wages from when he first joined the club, and City are keen to cut costs on their wage bill as soon as possible, and have ruled out the possibility of paying the same kind of money to a squad player.
A club insider is quoted as saying: “Joleon is earning an awful lot of money and the fact is, he is no longer first choice to partner Vincent in the middle of the defence.
“He slipped down the pecking order in Roberto Mancini’s final season at the club and has been on the bench for the majority of the new manager’s first campaign in charge.
“Unless he is willing to accept a smaller deal he will be on his way out either in January or next summer.”