Out-of-favour City full-back close to Spanish move.A source close to Micah Richards has revealed that the Manchester City right-back came close to joining Real Madrid during the summer, according to Sports Direct News.
The 25-year-old has not been first choice for City for the last year or so, and his repeated problems with injuries had seen him become surplus to requirements at the club in pre-season, with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool also said to be interested in signing him.
However, it has now been revealed that Real Madrid came closest to signing the England full-back, as they sought a new player for that position in the summer, though they eventually opted to sign Daniel Carvajal from Bayer Leverkusen.
It is thought that Jose Mourinho had targeted Richards for the Spanish giants before deciding to leave the club and return to Chelsea, whom Richards has also been linked with in the past.
Richards first came onto Real Madrid’s radar in January, before an injury scuppered any chance of a move, and City are now keen to keep him around due to a lack of backup in their injury-hit squad, which has been particularly dented in terms of defensive options.
“Everything was in place for Micah to go to Spain,” a source close to the player said. “The two clubs officially discussed Micah and Real’s interest was firmed up after City won the title, and Roberto Mancini was happy to sell Micah to anyone outside this country.
“City missed out on a couple of signings so the move was going to go through in January 2013 instead, but Micah picked up that horrendous injury against Swansea so it was off again.
“That meant waiting until the summer, but towards the end of last season it became clear that Mourinho wasn’t going to stick around for another campaign in La Liga.”