RICHARDS READY FOR TOUGH FIGHT

Manchester City defender Micah Richards says that he is prepared to fight for his place in the Manchester City squad, having spent the first few games in the Man City Hospitality Packages. The 22-year-old believes that the challenge to hold onto his position will be tested to the full as new signing Jerome Boateng will compete alongside himself and Pablo Zabaleta.

The England international is able to play at both right-back and central defence as can Germany star Boateng.

RICHARDS EYEING ENGLAND RECALL

Manchester City defender Micah Richards says that he is eyeing an senior England recall once again. A chest infection meant that Richards was forced to withdraw from Stuart Pearce’s squad for the victories over Portugal and Lithuania in European Championship qualifiers, but he is not letting that setback discourage his international ambitions, especially since City boss Roberto Mancini recently stated that he thought Richards had huge potential.

“I want to push on and get in the seniors now, and there is no reason why I can’t if I’m starting in Manchester City’s team,” Richards told City’s official website. “When the boss has confidence in you that definitely helps your game, and for him to say that if I concentrate I can become one of the best defenders in England is quite a compliment to get from your manager.

“I wouldn’t say I’ve got the hunger back because I never lost it. But I think the increased competition in our squad has made me play a little bit better. I want that to continue for the rest of the season. “If we can win something for the fans and I’m playing well, then there’s no reason why I can’t get back in the England squad.” Micah Richards, 22, has 12 senior caps to his name, though with others ahead of him in the pecking order he accepts that he may have to wait a little while until the call from Capello comes.

RICHARDS HAPPY TO BE ON THE SCORESHEET

Manchester city defender Micah Richards says that he was happy to get on the scoresheet against Stoke city. City’s England defender fired the Blues ahead in style only for Matthew Etherington to snatch an equaliser in time added on to prevent a second successive away win for Roberto Mancini’s men.

Micah Richards told City’s website: “I thought we defended well, so to concede in the last few minutes was devastating. We knew we’d face a lot of balls in the air and we dealt with them.

RICHARDS HAILS MANCINI

Manchester City defender Micah Richards says that he has got his best form under the stewardship of Italian manager Roberto Mancini. ”Roberto Mancini has given me a lot of confidence. I’m back in the England team and hopefully I can continue to play well. I was chuffed to be captain against Juventus – I was honoured that he chose me.”

A win for City against Everton tonight would see the club go top of the table for Christmas, and Richards believes the club are showing huge signs of improvement as they enter their second with Mancini at the helm.

RICHARDS HAPPY TO BE ON THE SCORESHEET

Manchester city defender Micah Richards says that he was happy to get on the scoresheet against Stoke city. City’s England defender fired the Blues ahead in style only for Matthew Etherington to snatch an equaliser in time added on to prevent a second successive away win for Roberto Mancini’s men.

Micah Richards told City’s website: “I thought we defended well, so to concede in the last few minutes was devastating. We knew we’d face a lot of balls in the air and we dealt with them.

CHELSEA TO MAKE RICHARDS SCOOP

Chelsea are interested in signing Manchester city defender Micah Richards this transfer window. The 22-year-old full-back recently admitted that he could make a move away from the Eastlands outfit in search of regular football, despite making 12 Premier League appearances for the club so far this season.

Now The Mirror claims that the defender held a meeting with manager Roberto Mancini on Thursday, during the course of which he put forward his grievances to the gaffer.

SPURS MONITORING RICHARDS SITUATION

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly monitoring the current situation of Micah Richards at Manchester city. The 22-year-old England international has only started ten games for Roberto Mancini’s side in the Premier League this season and it is understood the defender is becoming frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities, mainly down to the good form of Pablo Zabaleta.

Redknapp has been a keen admirer of Micah Richards for a while and it is believed the manager will be keeping an eye on the situation before making a decision on whether to bid for the out-of-favour defender.

RICHARDS SPEECHLESS

Manchester City’s defender Micah Richards was speechless about Rooney’s goal. The game was locked at 1-1 until the former Everton hitman produced an acrobatic overhead kick to put his side into the lead, and the goal turned out to be the winner.

And Micah Richards also believes that goals like these are the reason why the Red Devils agreed to hand the player a heavy pay packet when he threatened to leave the club earlier in the season.

RICHARDS BEGINS TRAINING

Micah Richards has returned to training with Man City in a bid to be fit for Saturday’s FA Cup showdown with Manchester United.

City defender Richards, 22, was carried off with a hamstring injury for England U-21s against Denmark last month.

And he has not played for Roberto Mancini’s side since after missing two games.

His absence coincided with City losing 3-0 at Liverpool on Monday night when rookie Dedryck Boyata deputised at right-back.

But Richards has been back in training with City this week ahead of the weekend’s semi-final clash with United at Wembley.

UNITED INTERESTED IN RICHARDS

Manchester United are apparently interested in signing Micah Richard, who is unhappy at Manchester City.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is now being linked with a move for Micah Richard after reports from City claim that they are keen to bring in a new first team right back.

Manchester City have been heavily linked with Barcelona Right back Daniel Alvez to replace Richard in the squad.