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The England international has been linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs in recent weeks, including Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, but he has spoken of his desire to remain exactly where he is should certain assurances be received.
“The manager has come in and I want to see his ideas and what he’s going to do,” Richards said.
“I want to be here and I don’t know why any player would want to leave, but every player wants to play football and if I can do that here it’s perfect.”
Reflecting on the season City won the league, when he was regularly rotated with teammate Pablo Zabaleta, Richards hopes for the same opportunities in the campaign ahead. And in truth, Manuel Pellegrini would be foolish not to give them to him.
From players wanting to stay to those likely to leave, with two potential loan moves being reported today.
The former Swansea City winger had a disappointing debut season at the Etihad, and the chance to play regular football will give him the chance to replicate the form he showed at the Liberty Stadium.
The latest story comes days after the 21-year-old was linked with a return to former loan-club Feyenoord.
And finally, City have revealed their new away strip for next season – a two-tone black and charcoal kit in homage to their previous incarnation as Ardwick AFC.
In an age where the release of a club’s new kit can prompt revulsion and make fashionistas of us all, it has to be said City’s latest offering is a classy effort.
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