Manchester City man keeping options open for summer move

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Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has refused to rule out a move abroad as he plays out the remaining months of his current deal.

The England defender was linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium in January but stayed with Manuel Pellegrini's men and will likely depart in the summer.

Lescott, who signed from Everton in 2009, does not expect his deal to be renewed but insists he has no hard feelings towards City as he assesses his options.

He's quoted by The People as saying: "My days at City are numbered but there is no bad feeling. I've known for a while but there is no resentment.

"I know my contract won't be renewed, so every performance I've put in this season has been like being in the shop window. Hopefully someone is watching and wants to sign me."

Despite rumoured interest from Aston Villa and West Ham in January, Lescott decided to stay put and see out the rest of his contract and has yet to decide where he'll be playing his football next season.
He said: "I wouldn't rule out a move a move abroad. I need to weigh up my options and see what is best for me and my family."

A move away from the Etihad in January could have enhanced his chances of forcing himself into Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad, but Lescott is happy to have stayed at City.

He explained: "Playing against Barcelona is one of the benefits of staying. So too is the chance to win more medals. It's a good reason to stay, to be part of this squad."

Having come on as a substitute in the mid-week defeat to Barcelona, Lescott is likely to be involved in the second leg due to the suspension of Martin Demichelis.

So far his time at City has seen him lift the Premier League title as well as picking up an FA Cup winners medal and he'll have the chance to taste glory again when his side face Sunderland in the Capital One Cup final next weekend.

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