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The Aston Villa m,an will be handed an opportunity to return to the Premier League with talks continuing on the final day of the transfer window.
Villa are keen to let Richards go to lower their wage bill as the club attempt to complete their resahpe following relegation the the Championship and SLaven BIlic sees Richardfs as defensive cover.
On loan from Manchester City, the defender is “loving” life in Italy, would happily make the deal permanent, but is genuinely saddened by the end of his City affair. “I do feel it is closed now at City for me unless Roberto Mancini got the job and wanted to bring me back in! I’ve been playing since I was 17 and until two years ago, I’ve always been first choice so not to be first choice is difficult to take. He gives 100 per cent and proved he can mix it with the big boys. Maybe in England, I’d nip to my mum or dad’s house! I don’t know if it’s because Florence is a friendlier place, or because they get so many tourists. “I’m from not such a great area myself in Leeds,’’ said Richards, who grew up in Chapeltown. “You’ll be at your friend’s house, the next minute you’re just going in to town, and the next you’re just going into a casino. “I had the ‘King of Bling’ thing when I was coming through.
Richards was the poster-boy for City’s Academy, forcing his way in to the first team under Stuart Pearce, who predicted the player would captain the club for a decade to come. Injuries and Manuel Pellegrini’s judgment began curbing the involvement of Richards, leaving him five short of 250 appearances for the club. I’ve been a bit unfortunate because whenever I picked up some form I got a niggling injury. It was tough for Pellegrini to give me a chance because of the form of ‘Zaba’. “The nail in the coffin was not getting the Premier League medal. I can play centre half as well, and wasn’t even considered in that position. Wherever I go next, or stay at Fiorentina, I want to be first choice. It was emotional because I was at City for a long time but some day I’ll be back there in some capacity, maybe not coaching, I’d like to scout players. You see players coming in to City for £20 million or £30m on £100,000 or more a week. In England, it’s part of our culture to have a drink after a game and there’s nothing wrong with that. “There are not many black guys in the team, only me and Khouma Babacar, so walking around Florence I automatically get noticed. I’ve not had one bit of racism, not one little thing.” An English community develops in Italy with Ravel Morrison heading to Lazio, sharing the Eternal City with Roma’s Ashley Cole.
But ultimately it is the manager’s decision whether he puts them in or not. This manager [Vincenzo Montella] prefers me as a right back so it depends whether he plays with three at the back but I am loving it. I get up in the morning and there’s sun in the sky. I think: ‘Bloody hell, this is a different life to Manchester.’ On my day off I normally go to Milan, do some shopping, come back to Florence and go for a walk around town.