Micah Richards: Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph has asked me about Manchester City

first_imgNew Aston Villa signing Micah Richards has revealed that team-mate Fabian Delph has asked him for his thoughts amid reported interest from Manchester City.England midfielder Delph has been linked with an £8million summer switch to the Etihad Stadium.Richards, 27, played a key role in City’s FA Cup and Premier League triumphs of 2011 and 2012 respectively but was then restricted to just nine league appearances over the next two seasons.And the England international, who spent last season on loan at Italian side Fiorentina, does not think it is a decision the 25-year-old should take lightly.“Every player wants to play at the highest level. If he’s going to be playing Champions League… I don’t know, but if he’s going there to be a squad player, then no,’ said Richards.“James Milner has played six or seven positions and still wanted to leave.“So if he gets assurances he’s going to play then the decision is his. I wouldn’t say don’t go to Manchester City, because if he’s playing well he could play.“If you’re good enough you’ll play.“It’s just being given that chance. If he [City manager Manuel Pellegrini] is going to give him the chance to play then it’s hard to turn down the chance of playing Champions League football.“To be fair he has asked me what I think about the situation. I told him I can’t comment to be honest.“I don’t want to say go there and then he [Pellegrini] doesn’t play him – he’ll be ringing me up afterwards!”Richards won the last of his 13 England caps in February 2012 and hopes the move to Villa can revive his career, something Delph must consider if weighing up a move to join City’s star-studded squad.He added: “It makes it difficult because next year is the Euros.“If you go to Man City and find yourself only playing 10 games and someone [else] has a really good season that player is going to play for England. Things can change.“Sometimes you’ve got to strike when the iron’s hot and Delph is playing well but it’s a difficult decision. I’m sure he’ll make the right one.” Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph 1last_img

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