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Moyes makes peace with Joleon

  • 01 December 2012 09:31
  • Posted by David Clayton

One surprising story this morning links Everton with a possible move for Joleon Lescott – if City were to ever consider selling the England defender.

The original deal that took Joleon from Goodison Park to the Blues didn’t go down too well with David Moyes or the Everton fans and you’d imagine the Toffees would be the last club who would show interest, but The Sun’s Matt Parker reports otherwise.

He writes: “Toffees boss Moyes was angered by Lescott’s £22million move to Manchester City in 2009, claiming that the defender’s head had been turned.

“But Moyes insists he holds no bitterness towards the 30-year-old England star, who is out of the first-team picture at City, saying: ‘I’d have no problem having Joleon back. I’ve not thought about it but if he was available then I think he’d be someone I would maybe show an interest in.

“’When Joleon left, Everton were in a different place to where we are now. So I can understand why the player wanted to go but it was still disappointing for me.”

Joleon Lescott magazine shoot

Staying with the same paper, David Silva is the focus of Geoff Sweet’s feature, claiming the Blues’ magician and his team-mates will use the Champions League disappointment to spur them to a second successive Premier League title.

He reports: “David Silva last night revealed the “pain and damage” that gripped the Manchester City dressing room after their shock Champions League exit - and why that massive disappointment is spurring them on to retain their Premier League title.

“City’s 1-1 home draw with Real Madrid was a decent display but not enough to keep them in Europe’s top club competition as the damage had already been done in twice failing to beat Ajax.

“And Silva, 26, who faces Everton today, recalled: ‘To go out of the Champions League was terrible. It’s a real pain and has damaged us a lot.

“’The dressing room was a very unhappy place after the Real game and in our two games since, at Chelsea and Wigan, it has been very hard to recover our morale.

“’It wasn’t only the coach Roberto Mancini who was sad. For instance, after our defeat by Ajax in Amsterdam I saw a lot of broken people in that dressing room. That was a hard night. Little things cost us in Europe.

 “We so nearly beat Real Madrid, for instance. All the squad was dreaming of a big season in Europe and now we are unhappy after stumbling for the second successive year.”

Another title would certainly ease the pain, David!


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