By Amir Mir
Aston Villa supporters have taken to Twitter to show their anger and urge Joleon Lescott to leave the club, after the centre-back turned down a move to Rangers.
Sky Sports News have claimed via their official Twitter account that the 34-year-old defender has rejected a transfer to the Scottish giants.
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) August 19, 2016
Roberto Di Matteo has made it clear that Lescott is not part of his future plans, and Villa fans now await further developments in the transfer window.
Lescott became one of the arch villains in a terrible season for Villa that saw them relegated from the Premier League. Lescott came in for heavy criticism after he tweeted a picture of a sports car after a 6-0 defeat to Liverpool. He claimed that it was sent accidentally while the phone was in his pocket.
Some Villa fans were quick to remind him about this and one said that he probably rejected the Rangers offer by accident while he was driving. Here’s a selection of Tweets from the Villa fans.
— Gareth Stocks (@MrGarethStocks) August 19, 2016
@SkySportsNewsHQ he turned it down by accident while driving. His phone was in his pocket
— Jáck (@Jack_BFC_) 19 August 2016
— Jatinder (@jSG50) August 19, 2016
FFS Lescott. If this weekend doesn't end with a win and a Lescott/Richards leaving party I shall not be pleased 👊🏻 #AVFC
— A Smith (@ajsfounded71) August 19, 2016
Suppose if no one takes Lescott, we could always getting him cleaning cars. He likes cars… #avfc
— villamad.co.uk (@villamadtweets) August 19, 2016
Re Lescott: Probably doesn't have the fight in him for an Old Firm derby. Now he won't play in one, I'm sure it's a weight off… #avfc
— Rich (@Bisqwit) August 19, 2016
Just release lescott let him rot club less! #avfc
— Jordan Bailey (@yaboybourbon) August 19, 2016
What part of GET THE HELL OUT OF VILLA PARK do you not get @JoleonLescott
— Ian (@Norfolkench4nts) August 19, 2016
Let's hope the fact that Lescott turned down Rangers means he has a better offer on the table #avfc
— Rossa (@rossac25) August 19, 2016
Lescott is in the final year of his £50,000-a-week Villa contract, which was halved when the team were relegated to the Championship at the end of last season.
However, it would appear that the defender isn’t keen to take a significant wage cut as he reaches the twilight of his professional career.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club have targeted this £8million rated forward as an alternative to Premier League striker.