Joleon Lescott is accepting of the fate that his time as a Manchester City player will come to its end this summer, with the final months of his contract at the Etihad Stadium ticking down.
The centre-back featured for the full 90 minutes of City's 2-0 FA CUP fifth-round win over Chelsea and was quoted by The Sun (h/t Sky Sports) in an interview saying:
It's nice to play. 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 arrived at Manchester City in the summer of 2009 for a fee of £22 million, but a series of injuries, high-profile arrivals and other circumstances have seen the defenders playing time diminish significantly.
The England centre-back has made just eight Premier League appearances this term, but Manuel Pellegrini has used Lescott in cup competitions as an alternative to the likes of Kompany, Matija Nastasic, Martin Demichelis and Javi Garcia.
During the January transfer window, West Ham, Fulham and Aston Villa were raising interest in the player's services, according to Darren Lewis and Ed Malyon of the The Mirror, but a deal could not be agreed.
And it was in January that the Manchester Evening News' Mike Keegan hinted that Lescott could still do a sufficient job as City's defensive stopgap for the remainder of the season:
More evidence tonight, as if it were needed, that Lescott's going nowhere #mcfc— Mike Keegan (@mikekeeganmen) January 21, 2014
That being said, Lescott remains a player of international standard who has merely fallen victim to the wealth of other defensive options at hand in the City squad.
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As a result, the 31-year-old, turning 32 this summer, could again welcome a bout of English interest considering he'd be available as a free transfer.
According to Lewis and Malyon, Lescott is currently on wages of £90,000-a-week, but any next destination is likely to require a cut in those terms, considering the player's age.
For now, Lescott will seek to make what impact he can in his current surroundings, but the player's most recent comments would appear to suggest that he remains as aware as anyone else that his time with the club is running out.