Manchester City’s Micah Richards has said that he may have to leave the club at the end of the season in order to benefit his international career. The England international has been playing second fiddle to Pablo Zabaleta since the Argentine established himself as the number one right back in the country.

Richards has often been used as a backup by manager Manuel Pellegrini. His contract runs out in a short time. Even though he stated recently that he would like to extend his contract with the club, where he made his debut as a professional, his current plight means that he may have to search elsewhere for first-team opportunities.