Joleon Lescott has admitted that his future at Man City remains uncertain, reports BBC
The 30-year-old has a contract which is due to expire next summer, and has asked the club to show him enough respect so as not to have to unnecessarily endure media speculation about his future, and just tell him whether or not they will be offering him a new deal.
He also still harbours aspirations of playing for England at the World Cup in 2014, and doesn’t want to go into the tournament still unsure about his future.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, he said: “When you’re going into the last year of your contract your future might be elsewhere. I can’t afford to go into a World Cup year being uncertain of whether I’m going to play regularly here.
“If someone said when I signed here ‘you’re going to win the Premier League, get to two FA Cup finals and represent your country in the Euros’ I’d have snapped their hand off.
“So now to go into the final year of my contract uncertain about my future is quite strange. I’d love to stay. My wife’s pregnant, we’ve just moved house, the kids are happy at school. But I’m not naive.
“I feel I’ve done enough for the club to demand a bit of respect in terms of they come and tell me what they want, whether it’s a new deal, which I would be delighted to sign, or to go elsewhere.
“I’m very respectful of the club with what they’ve done for me, how they were persistent when Everton were digging their heels in to keep me. I owe a lot to the club. I also feel I’ve done enough to demand a bit of respect to not see speculation about my future.”
Lescott joined City from Everton in 2009 for a fee of around £22m, and has recently been linked with a return to Goodison Park should champions City decide not to renew his contract next year, though it could be argued that they may cash in and sell him sooner rather than see him leave on a free.
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