Manchester City defender confirms summer exit - what next?

Joleon Lescott’s contract will not be renewed at the Etihad Stadium, with the defender free to pursue other challenges.

After a season of limited opportunities in the Manchester City first-team, defender Joleon Lescott has confirmed that he will leave the Premier League champions this summer.

The centre-half is out of contract at the Etihad Stadium and has admitted that his time with Manuel Pellegrini’s side is up.

“It is the end - I know I’m going to be leaving,” The Daily Mail quote the England international as saying.

“We’ve had a good relationship, this club has been a big part of me. I know the business side of it. We’ve been successful and I hold no grudges.

“Everyone talks about how you look back when your career has finished on what you’ve won – I can look back and say I’ve won some amazing things.

“Now I’m going to see what’s best for me and my family and then make a decision.

“I’ve spoken to a number of clubs in different countries but there’s been no decision made. I want to get it sorted soon. I don’t want to leave it until after the World Cup but at the same time I won’t rush.

“I won't go anywhere that I'll win more trophies than I do here. It will be a different mindset wherever I go. They’ll have goals and ambitions. Now I’ll just go and enjoy playing some games.”

Lescott moved to City from Everton back in 2009 with the Merseyside club’s fans accusing him of leaving Goodison Park in search of money.

However, in a parting shot, the 31-year-old has told the Toffees supporters to look at his trophy haul.

“Two titles, FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield, not bad for a money grabber eh? Not a bad decision in the end,” Lescott continued.

“The way it all started and speculation about my reasons for coming here. Hopefully I’ve shut everybody up now.”

Lescott departure and the fact that Martin Demichelis is getting older indicate that City’s main transfer focus this summer should be a new central defender that can look to build a long-term partnership with skipper Vincent Kompany.

For Lescott, a move to Besiktas is being touted, however he is still at a level where he could be effective in the Premier League.

The most important thing for the experienced defender is to be playing regularly after only starting eight Premier League games in 2013-14.

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