Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has revealed that he is eager to impress manager Manuel Pellegrini and earn a new contract.
The 31-year-old is set to enter the final six months of his current deal at the turn of the year, and has been heavily linked with a move away from the club.
Since helping the Sky Blues to claim the Premier League title in 2012, Lescott has struggled for first-team opportunities, with Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic having become City’s first choice central defensive pairing.
But, with the pair having struggled with fitness concerns this season the former Everton star has manager nine appearances.
Lescott says that he is desperate to prove that he is worth a new deal, but that he needs to be given an fair opportunity to prove himself:
“I need to be given a fair opportunity. I know no one can guarantee me playing every week but I would like to think that given a fair opportunity to play, if I am playing in the team I can do well enough to stay in the team.” He is quoted by The Guardian.
“If you start to doubt yourself it will affect you so I try not to doubt myself and believe I can perform. When the opportunities come you have to grab them and if it means playing the next few games when Matija is out and Vinny is not ready, then great for me. Hopefully once again I can prove to the club, and if it is not here somewhere else, that I am worthy of a new contract.”
Lescott is believed to be attracting interest from Stoke, while Everton have also been linked with a move.
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