Arsenal target happy to remain at City

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Manchester City star Micah Richards has revealed that he is happy at the club, despite claims persistently linking him with a move away, according to BT Sport.

The right-back has struggled to compete with Pablo Zabaleta for game time over the past year and has only managed two appearances this season.

Having only played eight times last campaign, speculation has been rife amongst the media that the 25-year-old is nearing an exit, with Arsenal showing a particular interest following rumours that Bacary Sagna will not renew his contract at the Emirates.

However Richards has moved to play down talk that he is set to seek pastures new come the end of the season, insisting that he can still cement a place in the first-team.

"I did say at the start of the season I wanted to see the manager's plans and I'm in his plans, as he's said all along, so we'll see what the future holds, but I'm happy at Manchester City," Richards said.

"I've been here since I was 14, it's a club I love.

"Before I got my injuries, I was number-one choice. It's only because I got injuries and Pablo Zabaleta has done so well, I find myself not playing as regular. I'm fully fit now and I'm ready to show everyone what I can do."

Roma and Newcastle have both registered interest in taking Richards away from the Etihad, but if he can work his way back into Pellegrini's plans, it looks as though he may stay for the long-haul.

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