Richards, who was once predicted such a bright future after bursting into City’s first team at the age of 17, is now struggling to get time on the pitch. Despite being the youngest ever defender to play for England, at the age of 25 he still stands with only five caps for his country.
On club level he is yet to make an appearance this season, and Manuel Pellegrini seems content with playing Pablo Zabaleta ahead of Richards.
Now, however, an opportunity to revive a derailed career might have arrived, as his wish to leave the blue half of Manchester in order to strengthen his chances of going to the World Cup has drawn interest from several English top tier clubs.
Newcastle appear to be leading the chase, as Alan Pardew hopes to add more options to his back line in order to take some of the heat off in-form right back Mathieu Debuchy.
Also keen on the Birmingham-born enforcer’s signature are Liverpool, and London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal.
As of now, it is difficult to see Richards claiming a first team spot at either Spurs or with the Reds, but he would doubtless strengthen the Arsenal squad.
Micah Richards would, given that he rediscovers his former self, add solidity to the Premier League leaders’ back four, and possibly bolster their chances of staying in the title race until late May.
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