Club keen to open up contract negotiations with stopper.
Manchester City defender Micah Richards is set to meet with club chiefs to discuss a new contract, Sky Sports reports.
The 24-year-old endured a difficult campaign last year that saw knee and ankle injuries restricting him to just eight appearances, however, new manager Manuel Pellegrini still sees the England international as part of his plans and board members, and City’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain, are ready to talk terms.
Sources close to the club suggest that Richards will come in for fresh talks this week and discuss the prospects of him signing a new deal and committing his long term future to the side.
A number of clubs, both in the Premier League and in continental Europe, have shown significant interest in the versatile defender with Arsenal keeping the closest eye on his situation, but City are keen to ward off any potential suitors quickly.
Richards has spent his entire career with the Manchester club and has made over 230 appearances for the side since breaking into the first team in 2005. He has been a part of the England national side since 2006 but to date only has 13 caps, though he was one of the designated overage players for Great Britain’s Olympic football campaign last year.