Problem at Manchester City. The highflying Premier League club with a genuine chance of finishing in a UEFA Champions League place at the end of the season may have to play next season without their most influential defender Micah Richards. The Telegraph reports that the 19-year old England international defender is demanding higher wages as his reputation and fame go on multiplying.
Richards still has two-and-a-half years of his contract left to fulfill but the British newspaper reveals that Richards is not happy and is asking for a hike in wages up to £75,000 a week. This is way beyond the club’s current pay scale and it is reported that City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson would be ready to sell Richards in the summer and draft in an experienced defender.
But Richards denies any rift between him and the club over wages. He says:
It is frustrating to hear people talk about my new contract at City and make out that the reason I haven’t signed yet is because I am being greedy when they don’t know the facts. I have still got two-and-a-half years left on my current deal – it is not as though I am in my last year or six months – and things don’t happen overnight.
Well, is Micah Richards really asking for more wage as an club leak has it or it all media balderdash?