Galaxy: Lampard deal possible
Sat, 19 Jan 2013 11:22:00
Joleon Lescott has shrugged off speculation surrounding his future and claims he is fully committed to Manchester City.
Reports during the winter transfer window have suggested that Lescott could be allowed to leave the Etihad Stadium, with Roberto Mancini currently favouring other centre-half options.
A switch to Aston Villa has been touted, with Lescott having grown up supporting the Birmingham-based club.
The England international is aware of the reports, but insists there is no substance to them.
He has offered no indication that he is looking for a move and maintains that he is prepared to stay at City and fight for a starting spot.
Lescott told the Daily Telegraph: "I came to the club to win trophies. I have done that and I feel there is a chance to win more this season.
"So I am more than happy to stay and fight for a place in the team.
"I went to see the manager about my situation and what we said will stay between us, but we both came out of the conversation happy and content with what we spoke about.
"While I would like to start every game, I am also aware that, with the strength of the squad, that just isn't going to happen, but I am more than happy to play my part whenever needed."
The MLS outfit have been strongly linked with the England international ever since it became apparent that Lampard would not be offered a contract extension at Stamford Bridge.
The Galaxy have a place available in their squad for a 'designated player' following the departure of David Beckham.
Lampard has been touted as an ideal candidate to fill the void, and Arena concedes that the 34-year-old does appeal.
He has been reluctant to speculate on the likelihood of an agreement being put in place, but has fanned the transfer flames with his latest comments.
Arena said: "I wouldn't be surprised if over the next week or so we're going to have some sort of decision with a designated player.
"We wouldn't rule a move for Lampard out. It's always a possibility."