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Moyes drops Lescott over attitude

Joleon Lescott
Defender Lescott has told Everton he wants to leave

Everton boss David Moyes has dropped Joleon Lescott for Thursday's Europa League match against Sigma Olomouc because of his "poor attitude".

The 27-year-old Manchester City target played in the disastrous 6-1 defeat at home to Arsenal on Saturday.

Moyes said: "His attitude in the past few days has been poor and for that reason I won't include him.

"I've always thought he was a good lad. But he hasn't only disappointed me, he's disappointed his team-mates."

Lescott, who had a transfer request rejected last week, was widely criticised for his performance against Arsenal.

And the defender did not train with the first team on Wednesday.

606: DEBATE

However, Moyes remains insistent that he does not want to sell the player to City, who have already had bids of £15m and £18m rejected.

"I hope this will all be sorted out, after the (transfer) deadline," added the Everton boss.

Moyes has described City's pursuit of Lescott as "disgusting", but the Eastlands club appear certain to make a new bid for the unsettled England international.



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Moyes slams Man City over Lescott
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Lescott transfer request rejected
11 Aug 09 |  Everton
Lescott wants exit from Everton
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Unsettled Lescott cheered by fans
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Everton reject new Lescott offer
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Lescott commits future to Everton
12 Mar 08 |  Everton
Lescott completes Everton switch
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