Micah Richards is one of the few players in the Manchester city team to have come through from the academy.
Several of the players who had come through along with him have left the club due to intense pressure from expensive signings. The same fate could befall Richards since he is finding very little first-team football due to the form of Pablo Zabaleta.
Richards is the longest serving player at the club, but he has been widely linked with a move in the January transfer window in order to improve his chances of playing for the England national team at World Cup 2014.
He will find it difficult to get into the team right now since he is largely a substitute at the Etihad stadium. Despite his current situation, the 25-year-old has stated that he would like to stay at the club for a long time. It would depend upon city offering him a new deal since his current contract runs out in 18 months.
“I’d sign tomorrow but I’ve been here 11 years. I’m getting to that age where I’m not 18 anymore. I’m 25 and you really want to be playing every week. If I can do that here, it would be perfect. I don’t really ever want to leave City, but there might come a time when I have to assess it and see where I am,” Richards told Unibet.
He has stated that he will complete 11 years at the club very soon and he is not in the same position as he was at 18 years old. Since he is at the peak of his career, he would like to play regularly and this would play a major role in signing a new contract. City have been one of the finest attacking teams in the country this season.