There is concern on the faces of Manchester City fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern as the Daily Mail claim that one of their defenders could be eyeing the exit door when the transfer window re-opens in January.
Joleon Lescott was linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium this summer but after being reassured of his future by manager Manuel Pellegrini, he chose to stay and fight for his place.
He has not however penned a new deal and is still unconvinced he will actually be selected when it comes to the crunch, if all available defenders are fit.
After falling down the pecking order under former manager Roberto Mancini, the England international made it clear that he just wanted to play football and with the World Cup approaching next summer, he was willing to seek a move away from the club to secure his place in the squad.
As our landlord hands out some samples of flavoured vodka to try, he notes that given the likes of Vincent Kompany and new boy Martin Demichelis are yet to come back from injury, Lescott has been an ever present in the City side this season so far – but is aware that this is by default more than anything else.
The start to the season City have made is also something that the club would rather not boast about and their defensive frailties have taken much of the blame.
Should Lescott choose to leave in January, there will be no shortage of takers with former club Everton and Aston Villa leading the race.
Will Lescott be persuaded to stay at the Etihad Stadium? Is he good enough for City? Let us know your thoughts below.
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