Manchester City defender Micah Richards is on the verge of quitting the club where he has been throughout his professional career due to lack of games. Richards is on the periphery of the first-team. However, City have been keeping him up until now primarily to fill the quota of homegrown players. The impressive performances of Pablo Zabaleta at right back have limited Richards to only a handful of appearances this campaign. His contract runs out in 12 months, but City may decide to sell him in the summer in order to recover some transfer fee.
Richards will be turning 26 years of age in the next month. He says that regular football is the need of his career right now. A number of clubs are reportedly interested in him. The versatile defender can also play at centre back when needed. Richards recently managed to win yet another league title with City. He has been at the club since he was 14 years old. He has admitted that it will be difficult to leave the club after having been associated with it for more than a decade. Yet, he says that regular football is more important at his age considering that he only has a couple of years left in top-level football.
“We’ll see what happens now. I’ll take the summer to think over things. I’ve been here 11 years, I’ve enjoyed every minute. I’m sure a lot of people hope I stay – but when your games are limited sometimes you have to do what’s best for your career. I need to address that at the end of the season. I’m proud for the boys, gutted I didn’t qualify for an actual medal but it’s a great day for the club. To get the double [of League and Capital One Cup] is excellent and now build on it for next season,” said Richards.