Micah Richards looks set to be on his way out of Manchester City after saying that he wants to gets more playing time.
The 25-year-old defender has been on the books of the Manchester outfit since 2001 and during his younger days was considered one of the most promising English players.
However, the right-back has been plagued by injuries in recent years which has seen him fall down the pecking order at the Citizens. The 2011-12 campaign was the last time he made more than 20 Premier League starts, and was restricted to just 12 appearances in all competitions this season.
Richards made his international debut for England back in 2006, but he has managed to add just 12 more caps since then. The Englishman’s career has been derailed because of injuries, poor form and competition for places, but he is now determined to get back on track.
Having failed to play enough matches to get a winner’s medal as City clinched the Premier League title on Sunday, Richards has admitted that he will “think over things” in the summer. His contract is not due to run out until June 2015, but the club could let him go in the coming months if a decent offer comes in.
‘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’, The Mirror quotes him as saying. ‘I need to address that at the end of the season’.
Richards is still 25 years of age and it would be foolhardy to write off his chances of making a comeback and rescuing his career. What the Englishman needs is a fresh start at a club where he will get more playing time and get more confidence. Perhaps it is best for him that he leaves City in the summer.