Sky Sports: Lescott wants to stay Blue
- 30 November 2013 09:04
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
A trio of tough-tackling players are in the headlines this morning with snippets on Joleon Lescott, Nigel de Jong and Sergio Ramos.
We’ll begin with popular City defender Joleon Lescott who, in the final year of his current deal, admits he would love to finish his career with the Blues – but is unsure where his future lies.
Sky Sports quote Joleon: ‘I want to stay, that is the main thing. But the club have not approached me yet, so I don't know what the situation is with them.
‘If I am playing for my future here, then great. If I am playing for it elsewhere, then so be it. I just know that every time I am out there, I have to perform at a level where top clubs would be interested in signing me.’
"Lescott joined City from Everton for £22m in 2009 and was a member of the side that clinched the Premier League title in 2012 but fell out of favour under Roberto Mancini last season. On his World Cup dreams, he added: ‘It does not look like I am going at the minute.
‘I have not been in the last few squads, so it is going to be hard. But if I am playing for City and we are progressing in the Champions League and the title race, then there might be a place for me.
I can't look that far ahead. No disrespect to England but my main priority is City. I have not given up. But I know that comes from playing for City, so the faster I can get myself back in at City the better
‘Realistically, there is only one place up for grabs when Vinny (Kompany) is fit. There are three of us for fighting for that but I am ready for the challenge.’"
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror continue to link the Blues with a move for Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos. John Cross writes: “Chelsea and Manchester City have been put on red alert after Sergio Ramos had a major fall-out at Real Madrid.
“Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti was caught on TV criticising Ramos for being sent off against Galatasaray. The Spanish defender was already annoyed that Los Blancos president Florentino Perez refused to give him a bumper new contract after the arrival of Gareth Bale.
"It has left Ramos’s future uncertain and there will be no shortage of takers, particularly from the Premier League. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had a turbulent time at Real Madrid alongside Ramos but wants a top quality defender.
"City manager Manuel Pellegrini also wants defensive reinforcements and would be keen on Ramos.”
Lastly, the wonderfully-named Ignatius J Reilly, writing on Sports Direct News’ website plucks a story from nowhere it seems – though it is one most Blues will enjoy reading because it involves former crowd favourite Nigel de Jong.
Writes Reilly: “However, with many close friends still on the books at City and an excellent relationship with the supporters, Nigel de Jong is on the radar with Manuel Pellegrini's side desperately short of options in central midfield.
“A source said: ‘Nigel was massively influential in the dressing room and was a big loss in that respect. Many of his friends remain at the club and they would be delighted to see him back 'home' come January.’”
Now that would be a story!