Transfer news: Joleon Lescott confirms he is staying at Manchester City this season amid interest from West Ham
As the defender has already done enough for a Premier League medal, apparently
Friday 31 January 2014
Joleon Lescott has confirmed that he will not be leaving Manchester City before the transfer deadline tonight - but he may still have to do a bit more to get a Premier League winners medal with the club this season.
The England international has been on the periphery of City's squad since manager Manuel Pellegrini was appointed last summer, and had been heavily linked with a switch to West Ham for the remainder of the season, but the defender has now revealed that a loan move for him was "never on the cards" and that his focus now is help the free-scoring team win an unprecedented quadruple.
"A loan move was never on the cards for me it had nothing to do with wages just simply a chance to win 4 trophy's with #City this season," he tweeted.
The 31-year-old then said that he had already played enough games to win a Premier League winners medal this season should City finish top, but a closer look at his statistics this season reveals that he has played eight matches in the division, two short of the required 10.
"I've played enough PL games already to get a medal if we win the league and every minute of the league/FA cup runs should we win them," he added.
However, the official rules from the Premier League read:
"Players are required to have made 10 appearances in a club's first team to qualify for a medal.
"Clubs must submit an application for additional medals to be awarded to players who have not reached this tally."
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