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Several Teams On Alert As Manchester City Confirm English Star Will Be Leaving The Club In The Summer

Lescott will not be awarded a new deal at the Etihad.

Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has revealed that centre-back Joleon Lescott will not be offered a new contract and will therefore leave the club this summer.

“Joleon Lescott is finishing his contract and is leaving. Joleon has been a key player for us. Not only for what he did on the pitch but also his leadership and character in the team. We wish him well,” Soriano was quoted by the Manchester Evening News.

“Some players leave and some new players will come. We’re not changing the base of the team.”

The England international joined the Citizens from Everton in 2009 for a £22m fee and has since won two Premier League titles and the FA Cup with the club.

However, Lescott has found opportunities at the Etihad Stadium limited this season as Martin Demichelis was the preferred choice in central defence alongside captain Vincent Kompany.

In 2013/14 the 31-year-old has started just 21 matches in all competitions and is no longer considered an important part of the setup at City.

Having guided the club to their second English title in three years, Manuel Pellegrini is not looking to make too many changes to his squad, although defence is somewhere that is expected to be targeted.

As well as Lescott’s departure there have been reports in the Mirror that Aleksandar Kolarov is also on his way, whilst right-back Micah Richards has been linked with a transfer by Sky Sports.

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