Tat will do nicely for England skipper Lescott
- 23 March 2013 08:47
- Posted by @dclayton_MCFC
What a proud moment for City defender Joleon Lescott as he followed in Gareth Barry’s footsteps and took the England captain’s armband last night.
Surely the pinnacle of every player’s career, it’s the second time Joleon has led his country and it will be yet another moment he and his family cherish for many years to come.
At the end of the game, he removed his shirt to reveal several tattoos and the Daily Mail’s Andy James does a superb job of explaining what each one means with a detailed description of each design.
Writes James: “Lescott boasted his inked torso at the end of an easy win in which he captained England for the first time.
“Each of the tattoos are full of meaning to the 30-year-old, who had to have emergency surgery at the age of five after being knocked down outside his school in Birmingham.
“The tattoo on his upper right torso, his newest, represents his family tree, while the others are explained in the picture below.”
Take a look – well worth the effort.
Staying with the Mail, there are more stories this morning suggesting Yaya Toure could move on this summer, but tellingly, no quotes from the player or City.
Yaya is regarded, rightly, as one of the best midfielders in the world and a crucial member of Roberto Mancini’s side and he has always expressed a desire to end his career with the Blues.
These stories seem to emerge during international breaks when players are thousands of miles away – and newspapers and websites have spaces to fill
Simon Jones hedges his bets in his report on Yaya. He writes: “City remain confident that a solution can be reached but are concerned at the timing ahead of an FA Cup semi-final and the climax to the Premier League season.
“Anzhi are one of the few clubs who can match and improve Toure's wages but coach Guus Hiddink has underlined they are reluctant to pay over the odds for players.
“Real Madrid and Chelsea have also been linked but both clubs would struggle to improve on Toure's current contract and pay a transfer fee of around £25m. That would leave the likes of Anzhi, Zenit St Petersburg and Paris Saint-Germain as the only other main candidates able to afford him.”
Jones goes on to link the Blues with a number of promising talents in the Yaya mould: “Scouts watched Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia on Thursday night as he played for France U20s in their 3-1 win over Denmark while City are also admirers of Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan.
“Kondogbia, 20, is available for around £10m. He was also watched by Real Madrid and Juventus.”