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Aug 26, 2009

City new-boy Lescott unhappy with Moyes criticism

After being unveiled as the second most expensive British defender of all time on Wednesday, new Manchester City signing Joleon Lescott said he was "disappointed" with some of David Moyes' comments prior to his departure from Everton.

The defender joined City late on Tuesday night for a fee in the region of £22m, bringing to an end a transfer saga that grew increasingly embittered as Moyes criticised City for their conduct in pursuing Lescott.

The Toffees manger also claimed that Lescott had displayed a "poor attitude" when dropping him for the club's Europa League victory over Sigma Olomouc and that the defender had "disappointed his team-mates" by focusing on a move to City.

But Lescott disagrees with his former manager's assessment, even if he concedes that he was below par in Everton's opening day 6-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal.

"I was disappointed in the comments, I feel they're inaccurate," Lescott said. "I'd like to address them at a later date and talk more positively about my move here.

"I don't think I disrespected any of the players. If I did I apologise. I'd like to think they thought I gave my all when I played. I know it wasn't my finest game for Everton (against Arsenal). It was a collective effort and obviously Arsenal were better than us on the day.''

Meanwhile, former Everton team-mate Tony Hibbert says Lescott's departure is a blow to a club that are hoping to secure a European finish this season.

"He's a big loss. He was a great player for us, Joleon, and a great lad as well,'' Hibbert told the club's official website. "The character he brought to the place - he was a great lad to be around.

"It's just one of those things - players come and players go, that's football really. You have friends but the next minute they can go. We've just got to get over it.''

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