Having burst onto the scene in the 2005/06 season, the England international has since made 179 league appearances for the reigning Premier League champions, although, with just nine appearances across the last two campaigns, there is no expectation that he will extend his contract at the Etihad over the summer. He was offered an extension to his deal last summer, but opted against signing anything, before choosing to join Fiorentina on loan in an effort to increase his playing time, although he has made just three Serie A appearances this term.
His availability at the end of the season has a number of clubs interested in acquiring the services of the man who was once considered England’s brightest prospect, with the likes of Liverpool and Internazionale - now managed by Richards’ former City boss Roberto Mancini - keen on signing him.
However, another club have entered the race, with the Guardian reporting that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to follow up a long standing interest in Richards by signing him for the current Premier League leaders.
Having previously attempted to sign the 13-capped international during his first spell with the Blues, the Portuguese coach also wanted him at Real Madrid 2012, and is said to be tracking the situation concerning Richards’ expiring contract.
With Branislav Ivanovic showing his increasing age following a series of lax performances, and Cesar Azpilicueta all but securing the left back position as his own, strengthening the right back position seems to be the one key aim for the upcoming transfer windows. At the age of just 26, Richards is far from his peak, and if any coach can aid him on his quest for success, Mourinho is surely the right man.