Inter Milan and Napoli are keeping tabs on Manchester City defender Micah Richards, according to the player's representative in Italy.

Dario Canovi claims the City right-back is wanted by both Serie 'A' teams, although neither has yet made a concrete offer for the England international.

Richards is only just returning from long-term injury. The 24-year-old spent five months on the sidelines with a knee injury, and he struggled to regain his first-team place upon his return.

Argentine full-back Pablo Zabaleta has jumped ahead of Richards in the City pecking-order, although Canovi insists the Englishman was only out of the starting XI because then-manager Roberto Mancini didn't really trust the player.

"Micah has had an unlucky season," Canovi told Football Italia as reported by ESPN. "He played very little under Mancini, and never really got his full confidence.

"Now we'll have to await the change of coach in order to make our assessments. Of course, Micah has many options, especially abroad.

"I'm in charge of negotiations related to Italy, so I can confirm that Inter and Napoli are interested.

"There has yet to be any real contact, though."

Manuel Pellegrini is the man linked with the vacant Manchester City post, and a statement released by Malaga today refused to comment on the Chilean's future. However, reports in Spain claim he will leave the club at the end of the season.

Richards has spent his entire professional career at City, making over 170 league appearances so far.

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