Joleon Lescott has confirmed that he will be leaving Manchester City when his contract expires at the end of the season.
The once England international has been a peripheral figure at the Etihad Stadium over the course of the last year, with Roberto Mancini having phased him out of his starting XI last season.
Lescott has been a consistent performer when called upon, and played a key role in City’s Premier League triumph in 2011/12.
The 31-year-old was linked with a January move away from the club, but was kept as cover for what could be a big few months in the Sky Blues’ season as they fight for a possible quadruple.
Lescott featured in his side’s FA Cup win on Saturday – playing alongside Vincent Kompany as he did during the title-winning campaign – and confirmed in the aftermath of the clash that this season will be his last at City:
“It is always nice to play, they are not coming as frequently as I would like but when I called upon I like to think I can do a job,” he is quoted by The Metro.
“Vinny is a massive player, a massive part of the club. He has got a massive future ahead of him at the club.
“It has been great playing alongside him for the past five years and it is a shame it is going to come to an end this season.”