West Ham United and Sunderland wanted to sign him when he was at Aston Villa, says Micah Richards.

Micah Richards has revealed on BBC Radio 5 Live that Aston Villa blocked him from joining West Ham United and Sunderland.

The 31-year-old former Manchester City right-back was on the books of Villa from the summer of 2015 until the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

The former England international had injury issues during his time at Villa Park, and in July 2019, he announced his retirement from football.

Richard has revealed that following Villa’s relegation from the Premier League to the Championship at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, he had offers from West Ham and Sunderland, but the Villans did not let him go.

Richards said on BBC Radio 5 Live: “I can tell you a story about when I was going to West Ham after we got relegated. And Villa blocked me from going there.

“I knocked on the door of Keith Wyness. He said, ‘We’ve had this offer but I don’t want you to go. You’re too much of an influence within the dressing room, you can’t go’.

“So I could have come out and said all these things but i’ve not said them in respect of the managers and team-mates at the time.

“I also had Orlando interested but they blocked that. And I had Sunderland who I could have gone to as well. They blocked all of these moves.”

Ezri Konsa excited

Villa clinched promotion from the Championship to the Premier League via the playoffs at the end of the season.

Dean Smith’s side lost their opening game of the season against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, Villa will take on Bournemouth at Villa Park, and 21-year-old defender Ezri Konsa – who joined the Villans from Brentford in the summer transfer window – is looking forward to the match.

In other news, Some Leeds fans are saying the same thing about Kiko Casilla