City stopper hopes to be around for the long haul.
Manchester City defender Micah Richards has admitted that he hopes his long term future lies with the club but is aware that things may not be that simple, Sky Sports reports.
The 25-year-old graduated from the club’s academy system and has been one of the only constants at the club during a period of much transition as he is now City’s longest serving player.
Since Sheik Mansour took over the club players have come and gone at an astonishing rate, and it is Richards’ ability together with his versatility that has undoubtedly kept him in and around the first team for so long when injury hasn’t robbed him of playing time.
However, despite his affection for the club, he knows that the competition for places in the starting XI are harder to come by than ever, especially as the club now look to challenge for the Premier League title once again, and he knows that the last thing he can do is take his place for granted.
However, with just 18 months left on his current deal he knows that he may eventually have to head elsewhere in order to play more regularly.
“I’d sign tomorrow but I’ve been here 11 years. I’m getting to that age where I’m not 18 anymore,” he said.
“I’m 25 and you really want to be playing every week. If I can do that here, it would be perfect.
“I don’t really ever want to leave City, but there might come a time when I have to assess it and see where I am.”