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Joleon Lescott at Manchester City

Joleon Lescott at Manchester City

Joleon Lescott believes his move to City of Manchester Stadium will pave the way to translating his talent into trophies as he kicks off a five-year contract with the Blues.

The England central defender was finally unveiled today as a City player after his protracted move from Everton, but he admitted he was just desperate to get back on a football pitch.

Lescott said: "I'm excited to have joined a great club, and after talking to Mark Hughes I know that the Club's ambitions and mine are similar. Now I just want to get ou there with the lads.

"It was time for me to make the change, and my target now is to just play as many games as I can this season - you don't join a big club like this and expect to go straight in.

"We want to finish as high as we can in the League of course, and fourth place is achievable when you look around the dressing-room. We've signed players from some of the biggest clubs in the world, and that shows the ambition here.

"I think we're better equipped than Everton to finish fourth. I reached the FA Cup Final last season, which is an achievement. The next step is to win a trophy. I sense that feeling here.

There are World Cup players and winners here and if we're all pushing in the same direction then we should achieve great things.

 Joleon Lescott

 

Joleon is ranked as the third costliest centre-half, but he added: "I've a lot to live up to but not because of the money. I put a lot of pressure on myself and make demands of myself.

"It's a demanding season with a World Cup to follow. I've managed to get into the England squad, now I want to try and cement my place  for the World Cup, a massive goal for me."

To see what Joleon had to say, watch his exclusive video interview here.

Delighted boss Mark Hughes said: "I fully expect him to become the best central defender in the country. He is at the stage of his career where there is further development in him.

"He is at a club on which there is a huge focus. He will have to deal with that. That makes players grow. We have invested a lot of money in him and with that comes a responsibility.

“Joleon can be as good as John Terry and Rio Ferdinand. That is the challenge for Joleon. It will not faze him. He is a driven young man and wants to be the best he can be."

 

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