Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo has explained that defender Joleon Lescott could not agree personal terms with Rangers.

Lescott looked all set to link up with the Ibrox giants after heading to Scotland to undergo a medical with Mark Warburton's men.

He had a year remaining on his contract at Villa Park, but the Championship side were willing to allow him to move on without a fee and also cover part of the wages he would have earned over the course of the remaining 12 months on his deal.

But earlier today it emerged that Lescott's switch to Rangers has collapsed.

And Di Matteo says the experienced centre-back could not thrash out personal terms with Rangers.


He told a press conference this afternoon: "Joleon didn't agree personal terms with Rangers, so it's fallen through and he's back with us now."

Villa are keen to offload Lescott, who is surplus to requirements following a disastrous campaign with the club in the Premier League last term.

Lescott has also been linked with Leeds United this summer, but the Whites have just snapped up another centre-back in the shape of Pontus Jansson.