Micah Richards has come out with an astonishing blast against Manchester City by claiming that the young players at the club will have no opportunity going forward.
Richards was one of the last players to have come through the City academy, which is known as one of the best in England. Since taking over, the club’s Arab owners have spent more than £ 1 billion just on players. They have also lavished immensely on making the youth academy even better. However, the number of players making their debut has reduced dramatically since the riches came to the club.
Richards failed to make an impact in the last few years and is currently playing at Fiorentina on a loan deal. He is widely expected to move away from City on a permanent basis. The 26-year-old may not be a first-team regular at the Italian club, but he continues to make a major impact. He says that it has been easy settling into a new environment for the first time in his career. He also spoke at length about the riches at City affecting the young players. The recent example of the club spending more than £ 35 million on defender Mangala appears to be case in point.
“I wanted to stay there so long to prove to people you don’t need to go out and spend £30m on a defender because you have got it here. I feel a little bit sorry for the youngsters at City because they have got some really, really good youngsters. They are not going to get a chance because whoever is in the managerial role is under pressure to get results. The manager has to pick the best team that he see right for results, whether the players are English, Spanish, Portuguese,” said Richards to the BBC.