Micah Richards Stalling Over New Man City Contract

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England defender wants assurance he will play first team football.

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Micah Richards is refusing to commit his future to Manchester City according to The Daily Mail.

The England defender is keen to receive assurances from the club’s management before deciding on his future.

Richards was once tipped as one of the brightest young defenders in the game but a combination of poor form and injuries has seen his star fade in recent seasons.

His cause has not been helped by the superlative form of Argentine utility man Pablo Zabaleta, who made the right-back spot his own in Richards’ absence.

Richards is keen to hear from the club’s management that he will be playing as often as Zabaleta before he commits his future.

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak is a big fan of Richards and has made extending the player’s contract one of his top priorities.

Mubarak is keen to retain one of the few players at the Etihad Stadium who came through the club’s youth ranks.

Richards though is understood to be resolute in his determination to secure first team football as he hopes to book his place in the England squad for next summer’s World Cup finals tournament in Brazil.

Inter Milan have previously been linked with the player and are thought to be ready to offer him an escape route should he decide to leave City.

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