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Lescott keen to extend City stay

Joleon Lescott is open to signing a new long-term contract with Manchester City despite recently losing his place in the side.

Lescott, 30, played a key role in helping City win the Premier League title last season as he featured in 31 of their matches on their route to glory.

But this campaign the defender, who was signed from Everton for £22 million in 2009, has been overlooked for crunch games against Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Despite his falling down the pecking order, Lescott, who returned to the starting XI and scored in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Arsenal, is determined to win back manager Roberto Mancini's faith.

"Obviously it hurt but the manager picked the team and I wasn't in it," he said in the Sun. "It's a great stadium, a great occasion for the club and you want to pit yourself against the world's best, like Cristiano Ronaldo.

"But I just have to work hard. It's happened before over the last couple of seasons. I've played, been left out. It's happened before during my career and I'm ready for the fight."

Lescott has two years remaining on his current contract at the Etihad Stadium, and he is open to agreeing longer terms.

He said: "I've got this season and one more. I'd love to extend it and finish my career here. Going knocking on doors isn't my style. I don't think my mum would be happy if I did that. I just continue to be professional.

"I know where I've come from. A few years ago I was playing away at Plymouth on Tuesday nights. Now Tuesday evenings mean Champions League."

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