MEN: Lescott poised for new deal?
- 10 July 2013 09:53
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Could Joleon Lescott be about to extend his City career beyond his current deal?
The Manchester Evening News believes so on a day when snippets on the Blues are few and far between.
The popular centre-back has been the subject of intense media speculation for the best part of a year and while he has always stated he would love to remain at City, the MEN report that may now become reality.
Stuart Brennan writes: “Lescott reported back for training along with most of the rest of the squad and is faced with a clean slate – a new season, under a new manager.
“And if the club comes up with the offer of a contract extension which appeals to him, Lescott would love to remain with the Blues.
“It is only 14 months ago that Lescott hit the peak of his football career, winning the Premier League title, a success built on a pairing with Vincent Kompany which was the bedrock of the best defence in the country.
“Over and above his defensive qualities, Lescott was also a key influence in the dressing room. A big, powerful man, he has never been afraid to voice his opinion and he has the respect of his team-mates at City.”
In the north-east, Alan Pardew has been telling Chronicle Live he’s not unduly concerned about meeting City on the opening day of the campaign.
The Newcastle boss is hardly likely to say he’s having sleepless nights (if he were), but he believes his team are more than capable of taking something back to St James’ Park with them.
Lee Ryder reports: “Alan Pardew says he is far from daunted about tackling big-spending Manchester City in Newcastle United's opening game of the season.”
(Note – ‘big spending’ – yawn. Continue…)
“The Magpies were thumped 4-0 at Eastlands last term and are yet to record a victory at the venue since City moved to the stadium 10 years ago.
“But while the Etihad Stadium will be absolutely jumping for Manuel Pellegrini’s first game in charge since arriving from Malaga plus possible home debuts for big-money signings like Fernandinho and Jesus Navas, Pardew is looking forward to the fixture.
“United have home games against West Ham and Fulham to follow and anything from Eastlands would be a bonus.
“Pardew said: ‘It’s always difficult to say in the Premier League what a decent game is actually. I’m not unhappy with Man City away first game.’”
And that is about that – unless you want today’s most bizarre transfer story of Sergio Aguero to Barcelona in the Daily Telegraph? No, didn’t think so…