Mancini insists he is baffled by the news but reckons it could benefit the Blues if Lescott is not involved.
The Italian said: "I love Joleon. He is a top quality man, a serious professional player. It is perfect, I like the man and I like the player.
"I don't know why he's been left out. I read all the newspapers, they were pushing for Rio.
"He (Hodgson) has a lot of defenders, but Joleon is a good "He (Hodgson) has a lot of defenders, but Joleon is a good player."