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.

John Stones and Sportsmail’s Micah Richards spoke via zoom. John Stones was on the brink of leaving Manchester City, but he has been able to prove himself to manager Pep Guardiola in the last one month. He has started the recent league games for Manchester City ahead of regular first choice Aymeric Laporte, Eric Garcia and new signing Nathan Ake.

John Stones has partnered Portuguese international Ruben Dias at the heart of the Manchester City defence in the last two league games against Burnley and Fulham. John Stones’ return to the Manchester City XI has coincided with an impressive run of 485 minutes without conceding a goal in all competitions. John Stones spoke to ex-Manchester City star Micah Richards about how he has been able to regain his place in the team on the zoom call that lasted for 45 minutes.

John Stones told Micah Richards that he trained hard to give manager Pep Guardiola a selection headache as he reiterated his desire to work hard to keep his place in the team. John Stones moved to Manchester City from Everton in 2017 for £47m and he has won five major trophies at the club including two of the last three Premier League titles.