Lescott, Pellegrini, MAN City,

Defender Joel Lescott is ready to commit his future to Manchester City, but would like to have a new contract.


The 30-year-old Lescott is in the final year of his contract at the Etihad with much speculation as to his future at the club after having slipped down the pecking order under former manager Roberto Mancini, giving rise to talk that he could move clubs to get more playing time ahead of the World Cup.

Under new manager Manuel Pellegrini the defender has started in both of the clubs first two matches, and has given no hints that he would like to leave.

Lescott said: “I have expressed a number of times that nothing more would please me than to sign an extension.

“If that negotiating ever happens, I will be there with my pen ready to sign.”

The injuries to Kompany and Nastasic early on have given Lescott the chance to prove himself to the new manager, but there is talk that the club needs a new centre-back following the 3-2 defeat to Cardiff City last week.

At the moment it is looking like City are going to sign Atletico Madrid’s  Martin Demichelis before the transfer window closes on Monday night leaving Lescott to say “It is no different than any other time.”

“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.”