England defender hopes to commit future to City.
Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has said that he wants to commit his long term future to the club by signing a new deal at the Etihad Stadium, Sky Sports reports.
The England international has just entered the final year of his current deal with the club and has seen question marks raised over his future since the tail end of last season.
The 30-year-old fell out of favour under previous boss Roberto Mancini last season and rumours of him moving on in search of regular first team football during this upcoming World Cup year were rife, but the player himself has given no indication that he is looking to leave as he hopes to stay put and prove himself under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.
“I have expressed a number of times that nothing more would please me than to sign an extension,” he said.
“If that negotiating ever happens, I will be there with my pen ready to sign.”
Lescott also said that he is comfortable coping with the pressure of playing for the club, and has claimed that it is no different this time around to any other.
“It is no different than any other time,” he added.
“Most of my City career has been determined by pressure being put on – by myself, and by speculation of the club buying a centre-half.
“This year is no different. There may be more pressure with it being my last year but I am using that as a challenge, and an exciting challenge.
“I want to stay and be a part of the future but I understand there is a business side to it and if it is not to be, I will walk away from the club with my head held high and no regrets.”