Joleon Lescott unhappy at Manchester City

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Joleon Lescott is frustrated at Manchester City and could be forced to leave in January, according to The Guardian.

The 31-year-old defender has fallen down the pecking order at The Etihad Stadium behind the likes of club captain Vincent Kompany, Matija Nastasic and summer signing Martin Demichelis and has only received game-time in the event of injuries.

Lescott established himself as a first-team regular in Manchester following a £22mil move from Everton in 2009, and the England international was a vital part of the team that won City their first Premier League title two season ago but former boss Roberto Mancini dropped him last season.

 So far in this campaign under new manager Manuel Pellegrini, Lescott has only featured nine times in all competitions.

Furthermore the centre-back has lost his place in the England squad and with the World Cup in Brazil looming it is vital that he finds some a starting place.

The Wolves youngster doesn't feel he is getting a fair chance, he said:  "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.

"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.

"I just want to be treated like everyone else. If I am in the team and the team is winning I stay in the team."

However, Lescott revealed that leaving City isn't something he'd take lightly: "I want to stay, that is the main thing but the club have not approached me yet, so I don't know what the situation is with them. If I am playing for my future here, then great. If I am playing for it elsewhere, then so be it. I just know that every time I am out there I have to perform at a level were top clubs would be interested in signing me.

"It depends what the club wants and what opportunities there are for me. I am not just going to leave a club like this for the sake of it, but at the end of the season I would have to. So nothing can happen now. I can't speak to any clubs and no clubs can approach me but when that opportunity comes, if it does come in January, I will have to look at that.

"I have not really focused on anything but if a team abroad was giving me a fair opportunity to play and progress, then I would look at it. If you are not playing for Man City, it does not make you a bad play."

The Citizens are currently fourth in the Premier League and welcome Swansea City to the Etihad on Sunday.

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