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Joleon Lescott weighing up offers

Samir Nasri insists the best team won the Premier League title, and expects Manchester City to challenge for more honours in future.

Joleon Lescott revealed he has had approaches from clubs in various countries as he contemplates where to go after reaching the end of his Manchester City career.

Joleon Lescott's contract at City is due to expire in the summer.
Lescott made 10 league appearances for City this season.

The centre-back accepted months ago that he would not be offered an extension to the contract he signed when he joined City in 2009.

And Lescott, who had offers to go in the January transfer window, is now weighing up whether to stay in England or move abroad.

He told British national newspapers: "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. There's been no decision made but I want to get it sorted soon. I don't want to leave it till after the World Cup but at the same time I won't rush."

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Lescott has struggled to get regular first-team football in the last two seasons, with first Matija Nastasic and then Martin Demichelis taking his role as Vincent Kompany's partner in defence, but he said he has no complaints.

He added: "It is the end. I know I'm going to be leaving. We've had a good relationship; this club has been a big part of me. As far as I'm concerned it's the end. If something changed then great but if not there are no hard feelings between me and the club. I've had a great relationship with them. I know the business side of it. We've been successful and I hold no grudges."

Lescott became the third-most expensive centre-back in the world when he joined City for 22 million pounds but he hit back at suggestions he only moved for a pay rise.

"Two titles, FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield, not too bad -- not bad for a money-grabber, eh? Not a bad decision in the end," he said.

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

City may need more English players if, as has been suggested, they are punished by breaching financial fair play with a reduction in the number of non-homegrown footballers they can name in their Champions League squad.

Asked whether he would consider staying on if that prompted City to give him a new deal, Lescott replied: "I'd have to weigh it up. There's a lot to consider. This club is going to win things over the next couple of years and I'd like to be a part of that. I didn't play as often as I'd have liked but I still made 24 appearances [this season], so I've played my part."

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