Would Aston Villa's Micah Richards consider pay-cut to join Leeds United?

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

Aston Villa defender Micah Richards began his career at Leeds United.

According to a report in the Telegraph, Micah Richards is one of 10 players who is set to leave Aston Villa this summer - and a return to Leeds United could suit all parties.

Richards’ career has stalled over recent times, and he has barely featured for Villa this season.

The powerful defender has made just two Championship appearances - and needs to move away from Villa Park to get his career back on track.

Aston Villa’s Micah Richards

Richards looked to be one of the most exciting defensive prospects in England as a youngster, but he has never fulfilled that promise.

And a return to familiar surroundings could be the ideal move to bring the best back out of Richards.

Richards actually grew up in Yorkshire and was a member of Leeds’ academy as a youngster.

The 28-year-old has previously spoken highly of his time at Leeds, and now could be an ideal time for the defender to make a return to Elland Road.

Aston Villa's Micah Richards has a shot at goal

Leeds have been dealt the blow of losing Kyle Bartley, after his loan expired.

But a fully fit Richards would have the capabilities to cover for the loss of Bartley.

The complication that exists over any transfer, is the fact Richards is very highly paid at Villa.

The Daily Star have suggested that Richards is on £50,000-per-week, and there is simply no way that Leeds could afford to pay that sort of salary.

However, if Richards does want to make a success of himself again - then he should seriously consider taking a pay cut to move back to Leeds in an attempt to get his career back on track.

Aston Villa's Micah Richards

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