Delph released a statement on Villa’s official website on Saturday stating that he will remain at Villa Park for the 2015-16 season.
The England international midfielder’s statement followed speculation that he was set to leave the Villans for Premier League rivals City.
Following Delph’s decision to remain at Villa, The Mirror published a report in which it was claimed that Richards and Scott Sinclair had advised him not to join City.
Richards moved to Villa earlier this summer after his contract with the Citizens ran out at the end of last season, while Sinclair made his loan deal from City to the Villans permanent in May.
Both the Englishmen had struggled to play regularly at City in recent years, but Richards has made it clear that he did not advise Delph against moving to the former Premier League champions.
If people actually think I had a influence on Delph not going to city your wrong! And I have nothing but great things to say about city!— Micah Richards (@MicahRichards) July 13, 2015