Micah Richards could leave Man City as Benatia replacement

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Manchester City defender Micah Richards has been earmarked as a replacement for Roma star Mehdi Benatia, who has been linked with a move to the Premier League.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Richards, who only made 10 appearances in all competitions last season, is being looked at by Roma, who were also linked with the English defender last summer.

The Italian club are believed to have an eye on a number of targets if Benatia does decide to leave, including Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches. However a cut price deal for Richards would be appealing.


Richards rose through the ranks at the Etihad but has become increasingly frustrated by the lack of first team opportunities available.

Niggling injuries and the form of Pablo Zabaleta have meant opportunities have been extremely limited for the Englishman. City would be keen to offload the defender this window, as they risk losing him for nothing when his contract expires next summer.

West Ham have also been linked with the defender, who has made 179 appearances for the Manchester club.

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Home grown

If Richards does leave, he will be part of a large group of English players leaving the Etihad this season.

Jack Rodwell, Gareth Barry and Joleon Lescott have already been shown their way out, with Scott Sinclair and seemingly Richards set to join them soon.

As part of their Champions League squad, which has been limited to 21 players for failing to comply with UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations, City were allowed to only name five homegrown players as a result of the sanction.

Currently, only James Milner, Gael Clichy and Joe Hart are considered home-grown players.

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