Lescott eager to extend Manchester City stay

The centre-back is into the final year of his contract and has lost his place at both club and country but is determined to impress his new boss as he looks to remain where he is
Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott is eager to impress new boss Manuel Pellegrini as he hopes to earn a new contract.

The former Everton centre-back, who turns 31 on Friday, finds himself behind Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic in the pecking order and struggled to make an impact last season under Roberto Mancini.

Lescott fears that the only way to get back into the team may be through his team-mates' misfortune, telling TalkSPORT: "No one likes to see colleagues and fellow professionals get injured but if it means me starting then great.

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"If [Pellegrini] does call upon me then I'd like to say I'd give 100 per cent and do his decision justice.

"I'm in the last year of my contract now so I've got to get my head down and try and earn a new one here and remain here. It's nice to be a part of this club and it's nice to know that I came at the start when the club were in transition and as they started winning things."

The centre-back also aims to force his way back into the England squad through more frequent game-time at the Etihad Stadium.

"I was disappointed not to be involved in the Scotland game but I'm confident that, if I'm paying for Manchester City and we're pushing for honours at the top of the Premier League, then it will take care of itself," he added.

"The national team is full of the best players and, if you'e playing in a top team in your country, you shouldn't be too far away [from the squad]. My ambitions don't change but now I'm full focused on being selected for Man City and then hopefully I can get back into the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers."