Pellegrini rules out defender exit

Last Updated: Sun, 12 Jan 2014 18:25
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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has played down claims that defender Joleon Lescott is set to join struggling West Ham on loan.

Reports on Sunday suggested Sam Allardyce could land the England defender as the Hammers attempt to fight their way out of relegation trouble.

However, Pellegrini insisted Lescott would be staying put, for now at least.

Speaking after City's 2-0 Barclays Premier League victory at Newcastle, he said: "No, no. I am not talking about any loan at the moment.

"I repeat, when this transfer window is over at the end of January, we will see what happens. At the moment, Joleon will stay here with the team."

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