Micah Richards

RICHARDS LAUDS STONES ON CITY IMPROVEMENT

Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards has praised John Stones for working his way back into the first team at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City centre back John Stones has been in excellent form for his team in the past two months as the Citizens continue to recover from an average start to the season.


The form of John Stones has not gone unnoticed with Micah Richards who recently did an exclusive interview with the player for the Daily Mail. Micah Richards had high praise for John Stones while he was doing his work as a pundit for Sky Sports during the Manchester Derby clash between hosts Manchester United and Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-finals last night.

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I’M NOT A QUITTER – STONES

 

Manchester City defender John Stones has spoken to Micah Richards about his career as he prepares to face city rivals Manchester United in the Manchester Derby this weekend. Micah Richards is a former Manchester City defender who played either as a right-back or as a central defender during his football career.


Micah Richards, 32, retired at an early age due to injuries and he has since found a niche for himself in the media industry. He sat down with John Stones to talk about the Manchester Derby, how he has resurrected his career at Manchester City and many more via the Sportsmail platform.

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Micah Richards fancies Leeds United to finish in the top half of the table

 

Former Manchester City star Micah Richards has fancied Leeds United to finish in the top half of the Premier League table. The Whites have returned to the top-flight after a 16-year hiatus and they have been backed to impress under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa. The club have a tough start to the season with Liverpool and Manchester City to face in the opening four games, but there is the expectation that they will stay clear of the drop zone.


In a report covered by The Mail, Richards said that his local club should impress in their return to the Premier League and believes they could finish as high as seventh on the table, he told: “I know there is a feeling that my local club will either finish in the top seven or get relegated but I am saying they will be nearer the first part of that prediction.

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Richards believes Manchester City will benefit after transfer ban is cancelled

 

Former Manchester City star Micah Richards believes his former club will benefit from the fact that their transfer ban has been voided by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The Cityzens were banned from participating in European competitions for the next two seasons after UEFA claimed that they had breached the FFP guidelines.


However, the Cityzens appealed against the punishment at the Court of Arbitration of Sport and the verdict came in their favour earlier this week. Speaking to Sky Sports, Richards said that the Cityzens will breathe a sigh of relief following the court decision and they can now focus on extending the contracts of the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and manager Pep Guardiola.

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Joe Cole expects Jack Grealish to shine at any club

 

Former footballer Joe Cole said that regardless of which team Jack Grealish will shine out on his game. He will be leaving his boyhood club Aston Villa when the current season ends regardless whether the club will be facing relegation or not. Manchester United is the one who has shown more interest in him and the speculations suggest that he will be following Solskjaer in the summer transfer window.


Apart from United, there are many clubs which have shown interest in him. But Cole can see Grealish being great in any team he is playing. He believes that the player can deal with the pressure. Cole says that not only in his club career but also in England he can be an exceptional player.

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Toni Kroos dismisses the prospect of joining Manchester City

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has dismissed the possibility of a reunion with manager Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. The 30-year-old is regarded as one of the finest German midfielders in history and he has been an influential player for Los Blancos since his move from Bayern Munich nearly six years ago.

In a report covered by Goal.com, Kroos was asked about his future and his response was quite clear. The German highlighted that he would prefer to remain with Los Blancos for the remaining three year of his contract, he told: “I definitely plan to be with Real for these three years. Then it is a good time at 33 to question yourself: what does it look like physically, what does motivation look like – I still feel like it to keep going?”

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Sterling says City can have successful season without league title

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has said that the Citizens are on course for a successful season despite the fact that they have not been able to compete with Liverpool for the Premier League crown. Jurgen Klopp’s side have been in splendid form throughout the top-flight season and they are currently on course to win the league title with a number of games to spare.


Speaking in an interview, Sterling acknowledged that the Citizens were not consistent enough in the Premier League and credit must go to the Reds, who have been by far the better team in the division, he told: “The Premier League, the bread and butter, fair play to Liverpool they have been better than everyone. I wouldn’t say we gave up – we weren’t consistent enough for long enough. We didn’t purposely give away the title.”

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Joe Hart names the possible successor to David Silva at Manchester City

Former Manchester City star Joe Hart believes Phil Foden has the credentials to succeed David Silva once the latter ends his association with the Premier League holders. Silva has already confirmed that he would be leaving the Citizens at the end of the campaign and this has spread speculation that the reigning champions could pursue a replacement from elsewhere.

However, speaking on Sky Sports, Hart has stated that the Citizens don’t need to look for an outside replacement and believes Foden should be handed with a regular starting spot next term, he told: “We all want to see Phil Foden play, but he doesn’t have to prove anything. He’s got Man City and Pep Guardiola, they believe in him. He doesn’t need to go out and have a season somewhere else and play some sort of different system.

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Loew confirms Ter Stegen and Neuer will play during the international break

Germany head coach Joachim Loew has confirmed that Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Manuel Neuer will play a game each during the forthcoming internationals. Ter Stegen was involved in a public spat with Neuer over the goalkeeping role with Germany last month and it appears that Loew wants to keep both shot-stoppers content with gametime this time around.

Speaking in a press conference, Loew confirmed that the goalkeeping duties would be shared between Ter Stegen and Neuer during the forthcoming internationals against Argentina and Estonia. He added that Neuer still remains the first-choice shot-stopper and captain, and he should start between the sticks during the 2020 European Championship.

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Micah Richards says Wolves and Everton may not make the top six

Former Manchester City star Micah Richards has said that Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton have made meaningful progress over the past year but they may still struggle to make the push for the top six. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Richards said that Wolves have done a great job since returning to the top-flight, but they may struggle during the ongoing campaign with the additional pressure of Europa League games, should they reach the group stage.

He added that the west Midlands outfit have players, who were too good for the Championship but they will have a tough task of making the European qualification spots similar to Everton, he said: “I think Wolves have done a great job. I think the difficulty for them this season is going to be the Europa League. They will be playing a lot of Sunday’s then Thursday’s and it’ll be a lot of travelling. But I think they have been amazing.