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Lescott: End is a shame

Joleon Lescott admits it will be a "shame" to see his Manchester City career come to a close in the summer.

The England centre-back is out of contract in the summer and City have not offered the 31-year-old an extension.

Lescott attracted attention during the January transfer window, with West Ham and Fulham eager to take the former Everton defender on loan.

However, with City failing to secure a deal with Porto's Eliaquim Mangala, Lescott remained at the Etihad Stadium.

Since then, Lescott - who partnered captain Vincent Kompany at the heart of defence during City's triumphant 2012 Premier League campaign - has returned to first-team action and could play a pivotal role in the remainder of the season.

"It's nice to play," he told The Sun. "They don't come as often as I'd like but when called upon I think I can do a job.

"Vincent Kompany is a massive player, a massive part of the club.

"It's been great to play alongside him in the last five years. It's a shame it's going to come to an end."

Lescott's defensive partnership with Kompany was given a new lease of life on Saturday as Manuel Pellegrini's side completed a revenge mission over Chelsea in the FA Cup, following Premier League heartache two weeks ago.