Joleon Lescott says he could have left Aston Villa for MLS in January

The 33-year-old centre-back was the subject of interest from the LA Galaxy.

Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott has revealed to The Times that he could have left the club in the winter transfer window.

The LA Galaxy made an approach for Lescott in early January as they looked to replace star centre-back Omar Gonzalez, who was sold to Mexican side Pachuca a few weeks earlier.

However, the boyhood Villa fan ultimately decided to stay in England to help the club’s fight against relegation, prompting the five-time MLS Cup champions to sign former Belgium international Jelle van Damme instead.

“There was some genuine interest from LA Galaxy in January,” said Lescott, who joined Villa from Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion last September for an initial £1 million rising to £2 million with add-ons.

“But for me to jump ship - I don’t want that to be my legacy. I’d prefer us to go down and me be a part of that than: ‘Oh, he left in January and felt it was not his responsibility.’

“There’s the possibility of staying up. We could go from being one of the worst teams in Aston Villa’s history to one of the greatest if we stay up.”

In the interview with The Times, Lescott also reiterated that the now infamous tweet he posted following last weekend’s dismal 6-0 home defeat to Liverpool was a complete accident.

The veteran defender received a torrent of abuse from Villa fans after posting a picture of a £120,000 Mercedes not long after the final whistle, but he insists that the photo was not meant to be a dig at his critics.

“I put the phone in my pocket and got in the car. It must have accidentally gone off,” Lescott explained. “I don’t own that car. I wouldn’t tweet that picture. A friend of mine said: ‘I’m thinking of getting this car, what do you think?’

“That was the only reason the picture was on my phone.”

Lescott previously angered Villa fans during last month’s 1-1 FA Cup third round draw at Wycombe Wanderers when he and goalkeeper Brad Guzan were alleged to have sworn at supporters who criticised the pair for having a ‘spitting competition’ from the bench.

In addition, the former England international invited one Twitter troll to the club’s training ground this week after the individual in question threatened to “carve a new scar” on his forehead.

“It’s not new to get this abuse,” he added to The Times. “My parents, my kids and my wife don’t like to hear these things. So that’s upsetting to them, and that’s when I get wound up and so I replied to that.”

Lescott, 33, has made 19 total appearances for Villa since joining the club from West Brom, scoring two goals in the process.

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