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At £50k-a-week, Richards needs to take massive pay cut to leave Villa

Micah Richards (L) and Ashley Westwood (R) of Aston Villa react after Machester City's fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at...

Micah Richards reportedly earns £50,000-a-week at Aston Villa and no other club is going to pay him anywhere near that much.

The future of Micah Richards is a curious case, with the defender out of favour at Aston Villa and yet no other clubs have made a serious move to sign him.

Richards is somewhat of a tainted figure at Villa Park, having captained the club to relegation from the Premier League in 2016 and then barely playing last season under Roberto Di Matteo and then Steve Bruce.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce looks on during the Pre-Season Friendly between AFC Telford United and Aston Villa at New Bucks Head Stadium on July 12, 2017 in Telford, England.Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce.

In fact the 29-year-old made just three appearances in all competitions in 2016/17 and is now fifth choice at centre-back behind Nathan Baker, James Chester, and new signings John Terry and Chris Samba.

Even at his secondary role of right-back Richards finds several names ahead of him in the pecking order in Ritchie De Laet, Alan Hutton and up-and-coming youngster James Bree. New signing Ahmed Elmohamady can also play there.

So the former Manchester City man probably needs to leave to obtain first team football, and yet the Birmingham Mail reports that he is currently earning £50,000-a-week - an eye-watering sum at Championship level for any player, never mind one who has hardly had any game time over the past 12 months.

If Richards does consider his time at the Villans as being up, then in order to find another club he is going to need to take a significant pay cut.

Micah Richards (L) and Ashley Westwood (R) of Aston Villa react after Machester City's fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at...Micah Richards (L) and Ashley Westwood (R) of Aston Villa react after Manchester City's fourth goal.

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