It has been revealed that Aston Villa blocked several bids for Micah Richards on the transfer deadline day.

It is believed that both Sunderland and Hull were looking to take the player on loan, but Aston Villa has refused because they consider the player as an important member of their squad.

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo is convinced that Aston Villa can mount a serious push for promotion this season but will want to keep hold of his best players. He believes that Micah Richards is an important member of the team and should not be allowed to go on loan.

However, the player has fallen down the pecking order ever since Aston Villa was relegated. The last time he played was in the EFL Cup against League Two opposition, and he has yet to feature in the first team again.

Despite the fact that he is not playing regularly, Aston Villa has refused to let the player leave on loan as they think that he can be useful in the dressing room. Indeed Micah Richards has tremendous experience of top level football from his time playing at Manchester City and Roberto Di Matteo believes that this can be helpful when it comes to Aston Villa promotion’s ambition.

Aston Villa has allowed several high earners to leave the club during the transfer window, but they have not allowed Micah Richards to leave. The player who is 28 years-old still form part of the long-term, plan of the team, and Di Matteo wants to build a team around him. He believes that the player is currently out of form and that he can help him recover his form.

Aston Villa is currently struggling in the Championship, but the Italian manager believes that things will change soon and that the team performance will improve.